City police officer suspended after 4-count fraud indictment

THE BALTIMORE SUN

A Baltimore City police officer was indicted on four counts of fraud in connection with making a false insurance claim about a car break-in, the Maryland attorney general's office announced yesterday.

Lawrence A. Brunt Jr., 33, of the 8300 block of Merrymount Drive was indicted Friday by a grand jury in Frederick County Circuit Court - the county where the officer's insurance company, State Farm, is located.

The charges allege that Brunt, an officer in the Western District, made "false and misleading" statements about an insurance claim for loss of personal property valued at more than $3,800.

The attorney general's office did not release further details of the alleged fraud.

Brunt, who has been an officer since 1992, will be issued a criminal summons to appear in court rather than being arrested and booked, said Assistant Attorney General Emmet Davitt.

If convicted of felony insurance fraud, Brunt could face up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Davitt said his office decided to file the charges in Frederick County because State Farm has offices there.

Detective Donny Moses, a Baltimore Police spokesman, said Brunt was suspended with pay yesterday as the department investigates the issue.

The department will hold a "suspension hearing" in the next few days, Moses said, to determine whether Brunt's salary will be suspended.

If he is found guilty, he would face a departmental hearing and could be fired.

"His job would depend on the outcome of the proceedings," Moses said.

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