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Terrance A. Tasker, of Shadyside, Md., recently pleaded guilty to transporting money across state lines that he stole from his insurance company employer, according to Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. attorney for the district of Maryland.According to the plea agreement presented to the court, Tasker, a former claim adjuster for Nationwide Insurance, created fake claimants for claims he was investigating for Nationwide. Tasker would transmit an electronic payment authorization to Nationwide in Columbus, Ohio, directing payment to the fictitious claimant. According to Tasker’s instructions, Nationwide sent 47 checks totaling $118,637.16 to a post office in Churchton, Md. from March 2001 to November 2003. 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 own personal use or write checks from that account to credit card companies for balances owed by him.Tasker faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

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