GREENBELT, M.d. (FOX 5 DC) - Six Maryland police officers have been indicted with federal charges for conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud and/or mail fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging six officers, including officers from the Anne Arundel County Police Department, the Maryland-National Capital Park Police and the Prince George’s County Police Department.
The following officers have been charged:
- Jaron Earl Taylor, age 27, of Ft. Washington, Maryland, of the Anne Arundel County Police Department
- Conrad Darwin D’Haiti, age 52, of La Plata, Maryland, of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police
- Mark Ross Johnson, Jr., age 33, of Camp Springs, Maryland, of the PGPD
- Michael Anthony Owen, Jr., age 33, of Accokeek, Maryland, of the PGPD
- Candace Danielle Tyler, age 34, of District Heights, Maryland, of the PGPD
- Philip James Dupree, age 37, of Pikesville, Maryland, of the Fairmount Heights Police Department
According to the three-count indictment, the defendants conspired to commit three separate frauds, each of which involved filing false police reports and falsified loss claims in order to fraudulently obtain funds from financial institutions and insurance companies.
The defendants were all police officers at the time of the alleged criminal activity.
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The indictment alleges that from May 2019 until June 2019, Dupree, Johnson and Tyler conspired to defraud three financial institutions by coordinating the withdrawal of money from their financial accounts through ATMs for the purpose of fraudulently claiming the money was stolen and seeking reimbursement from a financial institution.
In order to execute the fraud scheme, Dupree, Johnson and Tyler allegedly coordinated the submission of police reports to PGPD, falsely stating that their debit cards were stolen and used to withdraw fund from the ATM without their permission.
The indictment alleges that members of the conspiracy, including the defendants, then submitted fraudulent claims to the victim financial institutions seeking reimbursement for the purportedly unauthorized ATM withdrawals.
Further, the indictment alleges that in January 2020, D’Haiti and Owen coordinated the relocation and vandalism of D’Haiti’s vehicle in order to file a fraudulent insurance claim. Members of the conspiracy, including D’Haiti and Owen, allegedly coordinated the submission of a PGPD police report that falsely stated that D’Haiti’s vehicle was stolen.
D’Haiti then allegedly submitted an insurance claim and documents to the victim insurance company by mail and wire, seeking reimbursement for the vehicle that was reported as stolen.
Finally, the indictment alleges that in January 2020, Owen and Taylor coordinated the relocation of a vehicle in a garage to hide the vehicle for the purpose of filing a fraudulent insurance claim.
Specifically, the indictment alleges that members of the conspiracy, including Owen and Taylor, moved the vehicle to a garage and conspirators, including Owen, then submitted a false PGPD police report stating that the vehicle was stolen. A co-conspirator then submitted an insurance claim seeking reimbursement for the vehicle that was reported stolen.
If convicted, Dupree, Johnson and Tyler each face a maximum sentence of 30 years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
D’Haiti and Owen each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud.
Owen and Taylor each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Dupree, Johnson, Taylor and Tyler are expected to have an initial appearance Wednesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.
D’Haiti is expected to turn himself in at a later date and Owen is detained on an unrelated State charge. Both will have initial appearances in U.S. District Court at a later date.