From the office of the Maryland Attorney General:
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Michele Renee Tarbert, 48, of Abingdon, has pleaded guilty to one count of felony insurance fraud for filing a false insurance claim in April 2013. Harford County Circuit Court Judge Maurice W. Baldwin sentenced Tarbert to 6 years incarceration, suspending all but eighteen months, and ordered her to complete 5 years probation upon the completion of her prison term.
“Those who steal money by filing false insurance claims victimize both the insurance carrier and every insurance consumer whose premiums are driven up as direct result,” said Attorney General Gansler.
The investigation revealed that Tarbert made false oral and written statements in April 2013 to Encompass Insurance Company in support of an insurance claim. The fraudulent claim involved the alleged loss of her diamond ring.
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 Assistant Attorney General Timothy Lake and the Maryland State Police for their work in this case.