Maryland Transit Officer Gets Five Years for Insurance Fraud

April 30, 2008

A Maryland Transit Administration police officer has been sentenced to five years in prison in a car insurance scheme.

Forty-one-year-old James Walthall of Randallstown pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud in February.

Federal prosecutors say he arranged to burn a vehicle he owned and two vehicles owned by other MTA employees to avoid repossession and use the insurance for the outstanding loan balance.

MTA bus driver Lucretia Westbrook and MTA officer Ronald Lurz have also pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

Source: The (Baltimore) Sun.

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