Laurel man indicted for mail fraud

Posted at 7:51 PM, Mar 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-16 19:51:09-04

On Friday, a federal jury indicted Adrian Brown, 33, of Laurel, Maryland, on mail fraud charges, which are related to a scheme to defraud an automobile insurance company. The indictment was returned on Wednesday and unsealed on Friday upon Brown’s arrest.

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. Brown, however, never owned the vehicle. He then documented the fake theft by filing an incident report with the Prince George’s County Police. During the course of the investigation, Brown made several false statements about purchasing and theft of the vehicle.

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

Just for reference, an indictment is not a confirmation of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent until proven guilty at a later criminal proceeding.

This 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.