AG Gansler: Baltimore Man Charged in Insurance Fraud Scheme
City Public Works employee stole nearly $14,000, faces two dozen counts
Baltimore, MD (March 4, 2014) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Donte Orlando Patterson, 39, of Baltimore, was arrested and charged with multiple counts relating to a scheme to commit insurance fraud. Patterson faces one count of felony theft scheme, 13 counts of insurance fraud and 10 counts of felony theft. Arraignment is scheduled in Baltimore City Circuit Court on March 31.
The indictment alleges that from November 13, 2009 through October 20, 2010, Patterson presented fraudulent documents in support of a claim and stole a total of $13,793.34 from American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (AFLAC). Patterson was an employee of the Baltimore City Department of Public Works at the time of the theft.
Theft of at least $10,000 but less than $100,000 is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years and a fine of $15,000. Insurance Fraud is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years and a fine of $10,000. Theft of at least $1,000 but less than $10,000 is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of $10,000.
The case is being prosecuted by the Insurance Fraud Unit of the Maryland Attorney General's Office, with assistance from the Maryland Insurance Administration and the Maryland State Police.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation of wrongdoing and the defendant is presumed innocent unless the State proves his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.