A Prince George’s County police officer was arrested Friday after being indicted on federal mail-fraud charges, authorities said.
Adrian Brown, 33, was taken into custody Friday after a federal grand jury charged him this week in a scheme to defraud an auto insurance company between September 2014 and January 2015, according to a statement from Prince George’s County police.
The FBI and the Prince George’s police began investigating Brown in fall 2015, when his police powers were suspended, police said.
Brown was placed on administrative leave without pay after his arrest Friday, police said.
The details of the two-count indictment handed up by a grand jury Wednesday were unsealed Friday.
Brown, of Laurel, falsely told an insurance company that he owned a vehicle and that it had been stolen from an apartment complex, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland. Brown claimed that he had purchased the car but had never actually owned the vehicle and filed a report claiming it was stolen, according to a statement from federal prosecutors.
“During the course of the insurance investigation, Brown made several false statements about the purchasing and theft of the vehicle,” the statement from prosecutors said.
Brown could not immediately be reached for comment, and online court records were not available Friday afternoon to determine whether he had an attorney.
The three-year investigation “illustrates the fact that this department takes accountability extraordinarily seriously,” Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said in a statement.