An insurance fraud scheme netted three-year prison sentences for a Hagerstown couple Thursday in Washington County District Court.
Susan J. Smith, 30, and James L. Pons, 38, were convicted of filing fraudulent claims of more than $8,000 in automobile damage with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.
Calling them "partners in crime," Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Lisa Hardy told Judge Noel Spence that Smith and Pons worked together before in a $19,000 embezzlement scheme against a vacuum cleaner company.
In addition to those felony convictions, Smith has prior bad check convictions.
"She's just a thief," Hardy said.
Pons' priors also include thefts and non-support of children.
Spence originally imposed five-year sentences before suspending two of those years. He gave both Smith and Pons credit for 121 days they have already spent at the Washington County Detention Center awaiting Thursday's sentencing.