BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced Tuesday that a former licensed Maryland attorney pleaded guilty to one count of insurance fraud.

James P. Wu, 48, pleaded guilty to one count of insurance fraud with a value of $300 or more.

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In Nov. 2014, Wu represented four insurance claimants who reported injuries, when a hit-and-run driver allegedly struck the rear of their vehicle in Baltimore.

A joint investigation by the Maryland Insurance Administration and Office of the Attorney General discovered the accident was staged by claimants and an additional conspirator.

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Under the direction of State investigators, one cooperating claimant informed Wu on two occasions that the accident was “orchestrated” and “fake.”

Despite explicitly receiving this information, Wu misappropriated $7,800 in insurance benefits paid by the insurance company to settle the claim. Wu kept $4,140 as his legal fee and paid the claimant $3,660.

Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn sentenced Wu to two years probation and ordered $4,140 in restitution. The $3,660 was returned to the insurance company immediately after it was received by the cooperating claimant.

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Additionally, Wu was disbarred after an investigation by the Attorney Grievance Commission.