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 Howard's sheriff's office spokesman, turned himself in at the North Point precinct Friday and was released on his own recognizance.
The charges stem from a claim Waser made with Allstate 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 about $7,000 in insurance money, 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.