AG Gansler: Harford County Man Sentenced for Felony Theft Scheme
Former insurance agent’s ploy netted nearly $17,000
Baltimore, MD (March 21, 2014) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Michael Paul Citro, 30, of Abingdon, pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft scheme having a value of at least $10,000 but less than $100,000. Harford County Circuit Court Judge Maurice W. Baldwin, Jr. imposed a five-year sentence, suspending all but 45 days, and three years probation. Citro paid the full amount of restitution before sentencing.
"This type of fraud causes insurance rates to rise, further squeezing the wallets of middle-class Marylanders trying to provide for themselves and their families," said Attorney General Gansler. "My office is committed to stamping out these serious crimes and ensuring any perpetrator pays the price for attempting to defraud insurance companies."
The investigation revealed that from August 27, 2009 through October 14, 2010, Mr. Citro, a licensed insurance agent, submitted 67 fraudulent insurance applications to American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (AFLAC). As a result, AFLAC paid Citro a total of $16,947.54 in insurance commissions.
This conviction follows a joint investigation by the Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration and the Office of the Attorney General. Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistance Attorney General Timothy Lake for his work on the case and the Maryland State Police for their assistance in the investigation.