Impostor arrested in sting

August 05, 1994|By Robert A. Erlandson | Robert A. Erlandson,Sun Staff Writer

They conned the con artist yesterday when the Baltimore County man accused of assuming a slain man's identity walked into a trap baited with $3,300 at a Maryland Automobile $l Insurance Fund office.

When Brian James Everett, 20, arrived at the MAIF office at Parole, near Annapolis, to collect a $3,300 settlement for what investigators now believe was a fraudulent insurance claim, state police arrested him.

Troopers took Mr. Everett to the Annapolis barracks where state and Baltimore County police, state Motor Vehicle Administration investigators and U.S. Secret Service agents questioned the young man, who has eluded police for nearly two weeks.

The Secret Service investigates credit card fraud. The other agencies are concerned with everything from phony voter registration to obtaining a driver's license by fraud to probation violation and anything Mr. Everett might know about the execution-style slayings of John Kenneth Temple, 26, and his wife, Lori, 22, on Dec. 3 in their Parkville apartment.

Mr. Everett is charged with trying to register as a voter in Baltimore and in the county in Mr. Temple's name and with obtaining a driver's license Jan. 29 in the dead man's name.

Dan Deere, chief MAIF investigator, said yesterday that, after reading in The Sun about Mr. Everett's alleged imposture, the agency checked its computer file and found "multiple claims" by Everett, in his own name, that were ready for settlement. The MAIF investigator said he ran the computer check because people who try one kind of fraud usually have a try at insurance fraud, which is difficult to detect.

Once the claims were found, MAIF used what Mr. Deere called "the greed factor" to lure the elusive Mr. Everett into the open.

Police had speculated that he might have left the state. But Mr. Deere said the man had called his office -- a state agency to insure high-risk drivers who can't otherwise get insurance -- more than 50 times recently, "so we knew where he was calling from," he said.

MAIF canceled a settlement check sent to the address Mr. Everett was using, in the first block of Oakmere Road in Owings Mills, so he would have to come to the MAIF office to get the claim settlement. "We offered him an opportunity to come in," Mr. Deere said.

County detectives staked out the office Monday, but the suspect never appeared, he said. Yesterday, Mr. Everett arrived unannounced.

MAIF officials invited him into a room to await the formalities of claim settlement, then notified state police. Three troopers arrested Mr. Everett without incident, Mr. Deere said.

The investigator said MAIF now will examine Mr. Everett's two claims with his agency. Mr. Everett, who carried a Tennessee driver's license in his own name when arrested, also has several other claims pending with other insurance carriers, he said.

Mr. Everett has run afoul of the law repeatedly since leaving Perry Hall High School, court records show.

He is on probation from an armed robbery charge from a break-in at his aunt's Ellicott City home in 1992 with two accomplices.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to eight years with all but one suspended and five years' probation.

The judge later reduced the term and released him in October 1993, but kept the probation in effect.

The penalty for attempting to register falsely as a voter is up to five years in prison and $1,000 fine. On the MVA charges, conviction of causing a false-entry in the record could mean up to three years in prison and a $1,000 fine, while causing an unauthorized entry in the MVA computer data base carries a penalty of up to five years and a $5,000 fine.

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