City officer charged in insurance fraud is suspended from police force with pay


A Baltimore police officer was charged yesterday with felony insurance fraud and attempted theft for allegedly attempting to collect on a false claim from the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund, the state attorney general's office announced.

Prosecutors say Elijah Stevens Jr. was involved in an automobile accident Jan. 28, obtained automobile insurance Jan. 29 and then stated that the crash occurred Feb. 12 in an attempt to collect $5,300 in insurance money. The Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund is a state agency that sells insurance to drivers who can't obtain it privately.

Stevens, 28, is a Northeast District officer who has been on the force since 2000. He has been suspended with pay, pending a hearing this week to determine if his salary will continue, police officials said.

The Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration and the attorney general's office conducted the investigation.

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