City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

November 09, 2006

Insurance adjuster admits theft

A former Anne Arundel County insurance claims adjuster admitted in federal court in Baltimore yesterday that he stole more than $100,000 from his employer.

Terrance A. Tasker, 36, of Shady Side pleaded guilty to transporting stolen money from Nationwide Insurance across state lines.

According to his plea agreement, Tasker made up people with claims that he was investigating. At Tasker's direction, Nationwide then sent 47 payment checks for those fictitious people -- totaling $118,637.16 -- to a post office in Churchton between 2001 and 2003.

Prosecutors said Tasker endorsed the checks sent to the post office in the name of "Unlimited Praise," a choir of which he was the treasurer, and deposited the checks into the choir's bank account. Tasker would then withdraw the deposited money for his use or write checks from that account to credit-card companies to pay his debts, according to court papers.

Tasker faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison followed by three years of probation and a $250,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake scheduled sentencing for Feb. 9.

Matthew Dolan

Baltimore: West side

Heavy rains cause wastewater spill

Baltimore public works officials reported a 50-minute wastewater overflow during yesterday morning's heavy rain in the 2800 block of N. Dukeland St. in West Baltimore. About 123,000 gallons overflowed, according to public works. State environmental officials and city health officials were notified of the spill, which occurred from about 9:10 a.m. until 10 a.m.

Charles Street

Hip-hop artist to perform tonight

Political hip-hop artist Immortal Technique is to perform tonight at the Johns Hopkins University as part of the conclusion of the 2006 Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium series. The free concert is to begin at 8:45 p.m. in Shriver Hall Auditorium on the university's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. Information: www.jhu.edu/mse.

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