Criminal Fraud Cases

Since 2011, more than 293 fraud cases have been investigated by the MIA and prosecuted through the offices of local State’s Attorneys. Many of those cases resulted in criminal convictions, jail time, and fines. The Courts also ordered the defendants to pay more than $600,000 in restitution to the insurance carriers and individuals impacted by the fraudulent activity.

Maryland's Criminal Insurance Fraud Summary:
Calendar Year
Criminal Prosecution
Fines
Restitution
Total
2011
70
$6,145
$236,032
$242,177
2012
89
$8,470
$206,721
$215,191
2013
55
$4,500
$75,644
$80,144
2014
35
$1,500
$37,788
$39,288
2015
30
$500
$71,259
$71,759
2016
43
$2,000
$67,145
$69,145
2017* ​5 ​$500 ​$9,137 ​$9,637
Total
327
$23,615
$703,726
$727,341
 * As of March 31, 2017​​
 

 Criminal Fraud Cases

 

2016

 
• Markia Maultsby of Catonsville, MD (Baltimore City District Court Case # 5B02307324)
Ms. Maultsby was charged with two of counts of insurance fraud for falsely making a stolen car claim. She received probation before judgement (PBJ) and was placed on supervised probation for five years. Restitution in the amount of $11,400 was ordered to be paid to the carrier.
 
• Phyllis Magwood of Silver Spring, MD (Montgomery County Circuit Court case #127512C)
Ms. Magwood was charged with five counts of insurance fraud and one count of theft-scheme for filing false disability claims. Ms. Magwood pled guilty to one count of insurance fraud and the other charges were entered Nolle Prosequi by the State. Ms. Magwood was sentenced to 18 months of incarceration, all suspended, and she was placed on five years of supervised probation. Restitution in the amount of $11,000.00 was ordered to be paid to the carrier.

• Nikeara Wilson and Troy McCray of Baltimore, MD (Baltimore City District Court #2B02129024 and 4B02075266)
Mr. McCray and Ms. Wilson were charged with insurance fraud for making a false auto injury claim. Mr. McCray and Ms. Wilson pled guilty to insurance fraud. They both received probation before judgment (PBJ) with 180 days of unsupervised probation and were ordered to perform 20 hours of community service.
 
• Debra Lowenstein of Reisterstown, MD (Baltimore County District Court # 1C00415087)
Ms. Lowenstein was charged with one count of insurance fraud for falsely reporting the loss of jewelry. The case was placed on the Stet Docket with the condition that Ms. Lowenstein pay $2,700.00 in restitution to the carrier within three years.

• Sharon Smith of Glen Burnie, MD (Prince George’s County District Court # 5E00551437)
Ms. Smith was charged with one count of felony insurance fraud for falsely reporting a hit and run accident claim. Prince George’s County Assistant State’s Attorney's Office placed the case on the Stet Docket with the condition that Ms. Smith perform 24 hours of community service within 90 days.
 
• Tashera McLain of Baltimore, MD (Baltimore City Circuit Court # 115322009)
Ms. McLain was charged with felony insurance fraud for falsely claiming her car was stolen. Ms. McLain pled guilty to one count of insurance fraud. McLain was given probation before judgment (PBJ), placed on supervised probation for six months, and ordered to perform 25 hours of community service.

• Eric DeCastro of Parkville, MD (Harford County District Court # 5R00104522)
Mr. DeCastro was charged with two counts each of insurance fraud and attempted theft for filing a fictitious bodily injury claim. Mr. DeCastro was found guilty of one count of insurance fraud and the remaining charges were placed on the Stet Docket. Mr. DeCastro was sentenced to two years of incarceration, all suspended, placed on supervised probation for one year, and fined $500.
 
• Amelia Feiler of Havre de Grace, MD (Harford County District Court # 5R00102814)
Ms. Feiler was charged with one count of felony insurance fraud and two counts of making a false statement to a police officer for falsely claiming her vehicle was stolen. Ms. Feiler took an Alford Plea to the insurance fraud charge and the other charges were entered Nolle Prosequi by the State. Ms. Feiler was sentenced to five years of incarceration, all suspended but two days, and given two years of supervised probation.
 
• Kia Dyer of Essex, MD (Baltimore County District Court # 5C00423056)
Ms. Dyer was charged with one count each of felony insurance fraud, making a false statement to a police officer, and attempted theft for making a false auto theft claim. The Baltimore County Assistant State’s Attorney's Office placed the case on the Stet Docket with the condition that Ms. Dyer perform 60 hours of community service.

• Taivon Summons of Essex, MD (Baltimore County District Court # 5C00423057)
Mr. Summons was charged with felony insurance fraud, making a false statement to a police officer, and attempted theft for making a false auto theft claim. Baltimore County Assistant State’s Attorney placed the case on the Stet Docket with the condition that Ms. Dyer perform 60 hours of community service.
 
• Susan Starliper of Sharpsburg, MD (Washington County Circuit Court # 21K15051621)
Ms. Starliper was charged with two counts of insurance fraud and one count of driving an uninsured vehicle, and for making a false auto accident claim. Ms. Starliper pled guilty to one count of insurance fraud and the other charges were entered Nolle Prosequi by the State. Ms. Starliper was sentenced to 18 months of incarceration, all suspended, and given three years of unsupervised probation, a suspended $500 fine, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $250 to the owner of the other vehicle.
 
• Candace Hendricks of Baltimore, MD (Baltimore City Circuit Court #116020018) 
Ms. Hendricks was charged with two counts of insurance fraud, two counts of intentional motor vehicle accident, and one count of conspiracy to commit theft for staging a motor vehicle accident for the purpose of filing an insurance claim. Ms. Hendricks pled guilty to one count of insurance fraud and the other charges were entered Nolle Prosequi by the State. Ms. Hendricks was given one year of unsupervised probation.
 
• Julie White of Cobb Island, MD (Charles County District Court # 0P00099995)
Ms. White was charged with one count of insurance fraud for submitting altered documents in support of an auto damage claim. The Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office allowed the case against Ms. White to be placed on the Stet Docket.
 
• Tationa Harris of Lexington Park, MD (Saint Mary’s County District Court # 5Q00061360)
Ms. Harris was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and theft for making a claim for damages that predated her auto policy. Ms. Harris pled guilty to the theft charge and the insurance fraud charge was entered Nolle Prosequi by the State. Ms. Harris was given five years of unsupervised probation. Restitution in the amount of $8,688.66 was ordered to be paid to carrier.
 
Sylvia Harris of Baltimore, MD (Baltimore Co. Circuit Court #03K15003875&77)
Ms. Harris was charged with two counts of insurance fraud, one count of theft, one count of theft scheme, and one count of conspiracy for submitting thirty-eight false disability claims. She plead guilty to the theft charge and the remaining charges were entered nolle prosequi by the State. Ms. Harris was sentenced to 4 years of incarceration (all suspended), and 5 years of supervised probation. She was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $22,700 to the carrier.
 
Terrence Counts of Baltimore, MD (Baltimore Co. Circuit Court #03K15003876) 
Mr. Counts was charged with two counts of insurance fraud, one count of theft scheme, and one count of conspiracy for submitting twenty-one false disability claims.  Mr. Counts plead guilty to theft scheme and the remaining charges were entered nolle prosequi by the State. He was sentenced to 5 years of incarceration, all suspended but 18 months, and 5 years of supervised probation. He was ordered pay restitution in the amount of $5,480.00 to the carrier.
 
Antwan Lester of Baltimore, MD (Baltimore City District Court #0B02133747)
Mr. Lester was charged with one count of insurance fraud for filing a false claim alleging a theft of property from his vehicle and submitting a false receipt as proof of ownership. Mr. Lester was found guilty of insurance fraud and given probation before judgment with 1 year of unsupervised probation. The carrier denied Mr. Lester’s claim and he never received payment.

Antwoine Cureton of Reisterstown, MD (Baltimore Co. Circuit Court #03K15003644)
Mr. Cureton was charged with three counts of felony insurance fraud and one count of theft for presenting a false lien release letter and receiving a payment that he was not entitled to. He pled guilty to one count of insurance fraud and was sentenced to 3 years of incarceration, all suspended, and placed on 18 months of supervised probation. Restitution in the amount of $13,717 was ordered to be paid to the carrier.
  
Brandon Campbell of Baltimore, MD (Baltimore Co. Circuit Court #03K16000277)
Mr. Campbell was charged with three counts of felony insurance fraud for having his attorney submit a fraudulent lost wage and salary verification form, on his behalf, in an attempt to obtain lost wages that he was not entitled to. He pled guilty to one count of insurance fraud and was sentenced to time served which amounted to approximately one month.

Lashawnda Henry of Baltimore, MD (Baltimore Co. Circuit Court #03K15005764)
Ms. Henry was charged with felony insurance fraud for making a claim for damages that predated her auto policy. She pled guilty to insurance fraud and was given probation before judgment and 2 years of unsupervised probation.

Tynai Hamlet of Baltimore, MD (Baltimore City District Court #1B02308937)
Ms. Hamlet was charged with one count of insurance fraud (false application) for submitting altered documents in order to obtain an automobile insurance policy. She pled guilty to insurance fraud and was sentenced to 18 months of incarceration, all suspended, and placed on 3 years of supervised probation.

Jasmine Berry of Baltimore, MD (Baltimore Co. District Court #6C00415106)
Ms. Berry was charged with one count of felony insurance fraud and one count of theft for falsely reporting a hit and run accident claim. She pled guilty to the theft charge and was given probation before judgment with 18 months of supervised probation. Restitution in the amount of $750 was ordered to be paid to the carrier.
  
Kevin Green of Baltimore, MD (Baltimore City Circuit Court #115358016)
Mr. Green was charged with two counts of felony insurance fraud and one count of theft for falsely reporting a hit and run accident claim. He pled guilty to one count of insurance fraud and was given probation before judgment and three years of supervised probation.  Restitution in the amount of $3,113 was ordered to be paid to the carrier.
  
Anton Payne of Baltimore, MD (Baltimore City Circuit Court #116020019)
Mr. Payne was charged with one count of felony insurance fraud, one count of intentional motor vehicle accident, and three counts of conspiracy to commit theft for staging a motor vehicle accident for the purpose of filing an insurance claim. He pled guilty to one count of insurance fraud and was sentenced to 6 months of incarceration, all suspended and placed on 3 years of supervised probation.

Jamal Lyle of Middle River, MD (Baltimore Co. Circuit Court #03K15006188)
Mr. Lyle was charged with felony insurance fraud, making a false statement to a police officer, and attempted theft for making a false auto theft claim. He pled guilty to the insurance fraud charge and was given probation before judgment with 1 year of unsupervised probation.

Ronnie Carter of Jarrettsville, MD (Harford Co. District Court #1R00105449)
Mr. Carter was charged with one count of felony insurance fraud and one count of making a false statement to a police officer for claiming that his 2001 Dodge Ram truck had been stolen. Mr. Carter was found guilty of insurance fraud and was sentenced to 18 months of incarceration, all suspended but 10 days to be served on weekends, 18 months of supervised probation, and 60 days of community service. The carrier denied Mr. Carter’s claim and he never received payment.
 
Kristy Alger of Hagerstown, MD (Washington Co. District Court #2V00093823)
Mrs. Alger was charged with one count of felony insurance fraud and one count of attempted theft, for falsely claiming to have wrecked her vehicle, when in-fact her husband intentionally struck a pedestrian with whom he had been arguing. Ms. Alger pled guilty to the attempted theft charge and was sentenced to 3 years of incarceration, all suspended but 90 days to be served on home detention, and 2 years of supervised probation. The carrier denied Ms. Alger’s claim and she never received payment.

LaShawn Price of Indian Head, MD (Charles Co. District Court #0P00100093) 
Ms. Price was charged with two counts of felony insurance fraud for falsely claiming her vehicle had been stolen after her stepson wrecked the car. Ms. Price entered an alford plea to one count of insurance fraud and was given probation before judgment with 6 months of unsupervised probation and sentenced to 2 days of community service. The carrier denied Ms. Price’s claim and she never received payment.

Anthony Smith of Salisbury, MD (Wicomico Co. District Court #3H00082764) 
Mr. Smith was charged with insurance fraud, theft, and two counts of conspiracy for falsely reporting the facts of a vehicle accident. Mr. Smith was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and was sentenced to 2 years of incarceration, all suspended but 90 days and 24 months of supervised probation.  He was ordered to pay $1,195 restitution to the carrier.

Billy Jackson of Fruitland, MD (Wicomico Co. District Court #4H00082765)
Mr. Jackson was charged with insurance fraud, theft, and two counts of conspiracy for falsely reporting the facts of a vehicle accident. Mr. Jackson was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and was sentenced to 2 years of incarceration, all suspended but 60 days and 24 months of supervised probation.  He was ordered to pay $1,195 restitution to the carrier.
​​