3 sisters charged with theft from state fund

August 03, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Three sisters, one a former claims adjuster for the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund, have been indicted on charges that they stole nearly $65,000 from that state agency over several years.

The indictments in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court allege that Jane Weigman Gnacyk, 46, of Pasadena, a former claims specialist for the insurance fund; Linda Weigman Lunghi, 35, also of Pasadena; and Mary Ellen Weigman Webster, 36, of Glen Burnie conspired to steal money.

"She was apparently adding names to claims, fictitious names to claims, and having settlement checks cut to those people," M. Kent Krabbe, the insurance fund's executive director, said of Gnacyk, who he said was fired in August 2003.

He said the agency, which insures drivers who have been turned down for private auto insurance, received an anonymous tip. That led to an audit that uncovered fraudulent claims payouts, he said.

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