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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland

Friday, March 16, 2018

Laurel Man Indicted For Mail Fraud


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          Contact ELIZABETH MORSE                                                    at (410) 209-4885


Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal grand jury has indicted Adrian Brown, age 33, of Laurel, Maryland, today on mail fraud charges related to a scheme to defraud an automobile insurance company. The indictment was returned on March 14, 2018, and unsealed today upon the arrest of Brown.

The indictment was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Chief Henry P. Stawinksi III of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

According to the two-count indictment, between September 2014 and January 2015, Brown allegedly made false statements to the insurance company claiming he owned a Chevrolet Caprice and that it had been stolen from an apartment complex in Maryland. However, Brown never owned the vehicle. Brown then filed an incident report with the Prince George’s County Police documenting the purported theft. During the course of the insurance investigation, Brown made several false statements about the purchasing and theft of the vehicle.

Brown faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the conspiracy.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt.  An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings. 

Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended the FBI and Prince George’s Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Menaka S. Kalaskar and Ray D. McKenzie, who are prosecuting the case.


Updated March 16, 2018