Howard officer charged with insurance fraud

February 06, 2002|By Lisa Goldberg | Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF

A Howard County Sheriff's Office sergeant who heads the department's criminal section has been stripped of his police powers and reassigned to administrative duties in the wake of a Baltimore County indictment charging him with insurance fraud.

A Baltimore County grand jury returned the indictment, which includes two felony charges - theft over $500 and insurance fraud - against Sgt. Bryan K. Waser, 28, of Mount Airy on Jan. 30.

Waser, who also serves as spokesman for the Howard sheriff's office, turned himself in at the North Point precinct Friday.

The charges stem from a claim Waser filed with Allstate Insurance Co. for a motorcycle he reported stolen in July 2000, according to investigators and court records. Prosecutors are alleging that Waser sold the bike but collected an insurance payment of about $7,000, said Baltimore County Assistant State's Attorney Daniel Trimble.

The case came to the attention of authorities after a man went to the state Department of Motor Vehicles trying to register his motorcycle, investigators said.

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