Settlement reached in village embezzling case

Insurance company OKs deal with ex-manager

July 15, 1999|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Two months after the Village of Dorsey's Search received more than $100,000 from an insurance company to cover money that a former manager is accused of embezzling, the ex-manager and the insurance company have reached a settlement.

The amount of the settlement could not be determined.

A Howard County grand jury indicted Anne S. Darrin, 49, in May. She is charged with stealing more than $70,000 from the village between 1994 and 1998, prosecutors said.

In February 1998, Darrin and her husband filed for bankruptcy protection in U.S. District Court. Dorsey's Search officials fought that claim and said Darrin stole more than $121,000 from the village.

Prosecutors and police began investigating Darrin shortly after that, authorities said.

Travelers Group Inc., the insurance company, paid $116,485.74 to Dorsey's Search on May 3 to cover the losses under an insurance policy that protected the village from theft and fraud.

"We were pleased that they paid the full claim," said Timothy McCormack, the lawyer representing Dorsey's Search.

After receiving the insurance money, Dorsey's Search turned over its claim against Darrin to Traveler's, McCormack said.

Traveler's and the Darrins reached a settlement, according to court records.

On June 28, a federal judge suspended the case for settlement for 30 days, giving the Darrins and Traveler's time to document the settlement, court records show.

A lawyer for Darrin could not be reached for comment.

Staff writer Erika Niedowski contributed to this article.

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