Widow indicted in alleged insurance scheme

November 06, 1999

George F. Herrmann Jr. died in April 1995. But more than a year after his death, his widow, a Pasadena woman, applied for a mortgage life insurance policy on him and tried to collect $93,000 on it nearly two years later, the Attorney General's Office has alleged.

In a three-count indictment this week, an Anne Arundel County grand jury charged Elizabeth Ann Branum Herrmann, 43, of the 300 block Nature Walk Lane, with insurance fraud and attempted theft, accusing her of submitting a claim on the policy using fraudulent documentation to say he died in April 1998.

She was served a summons yesterday to appear in court this month. She could not be reached for comment.

Herrmann applied for the insurance, which pays off a mortgage if the mortgage-holder dies, in November 1996 with American Bankers Life Assurance Co. of Florida, the Attorney General's Office and the indictment allege. She then made a false claim for death benefits in September 1998, the indictment charges.

Each of the two insurance fraud charges carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison plus a $10,000 fine. Attempted theft has a top penalty of 15 years in prison plus a $1,000 fine.

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