It was announced today through the State of Maryland, Office of the State Prosecutor’s Office, that Montgomery County Police Officer Gilbert L. Payne has been charged in Baltimore City Circuit Court with perjury and felony workers’ compensation fraud.
In September 2008, Officer Payne testified at a workers’ compensation hearing. The accuracy of his testimony came into question. The matter was then referred to the Office of the State Prosecutor by the Baltimore City Inspector General’s Office.
A trial date has not been set. The perjury charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years. The fraud charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years and a fine of $15,000.
Officer Payne was hired by the Montgomery County Police Department on July 12, 2010, and is currently on administrative leave pending the outcome of the trial and administrative investigation.
See the press release from the Office of the State Prosecutor by clicking on the link: Office of State Prosecutor press release.