AG Gansler: Baltimore Man Pleads Guilty to Insurance Theft Scheme
Former city public works employee to be sentenced for felony theft
Baltimore, MD (June 9, 2014) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Donte Orlando Patterson, 39, of Baltimore, has pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft scheme having a value of at least $10,000 but less than $100,000. Patterson was accused of using fraudulent documents to support a false claim of accidental injury in order to collect disability insurance payments. Patterson faces a maximum sentence of 15 years and a $15,000 fine. Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge John Addison Howard scheduled sentencing for July 22.
"This is the type of fraud that increases insurance costs for all working families in Maryland," said Attorney General Gansler. "Faking injury to collect disability insurance or workers' compensation payments takes hard-earned money from honest workers unless the crook is caught and convicted."
An investigation revealed that Patterson purchased an American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (Aflac) disability policy on November 9, 2009 and an accident policy on August 16, 2009 through his employer, the Baltimore City Department of Public Works. From November 13, 2009 through October 20, 2010, Patterson sent fraudulent documents to Aflac in support of fabricated claims seeking benefits for accidents that allegedly occurred at home.
The defendant fraudulently submitted 13 separate claim forms alleging he was unable to work due to injury, while at the same time records from his employer show he was actually reporting for work. As a consequence of these fictitious claims, Aflac issued a series of benefit checks totaling $13,793.34 payable to Patterson, which has not been repaid.
This conviction follows a joint investigation by the Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration and the Office of the Attorney General. In making the announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Insurance Fraud Division Supervising Assistant Attorney General Roberta Siskind for her hard work and the Maryland State Police for their assistance in this investigation.