Former Mainer charged with stealing $66,000 from AIG customers

Posted Dec. 30, 2010, at 7:21 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine (MCT) — A 46-year-old man faces federal charges of mail fraud and identity theft, with prosecutors saying he stole $66,000 from people who held insurance policies with a subsidiary of AIG.

William Parlin, who lived in Richmond and Randolph, was arrested last month in the Philippines, where he had been living for more than a year.

Parlin married a Filipino woman who once worked for AIG at a call center in Manila, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Portland by FBI agent Mark Miller.

Miller claims Parlin used personal information and forged signatures to gain control of several life insurance accounts held by the American General Life Insurance Co., an AIG subsidiary based in New Jersey. Parlin allegedly emptied those accounts and deposited the money in a personal bank account.

Parlin has waived his right to a bail hearing and remains in federal custody. If convicted, he will face as much as 20 years in federal prison.

Parlin allegedly began the scheme in June 2009, when he was still living in Maine. Miller claims Parlin then moved to the Philippines and continued the scheme until January.

“The scheme was discovered when the daughter of one of the victims received a copy of AGL change of ownership paperwork in the mail with the name William S. Parlin on it,” Miller wrote in his affidavit. “It appears likely that Parlin somehow became aware that the scheme had been discovered and ceased his activities.”

AIG reimbursed the policy holders.

Miller filed the charges against Parlin in July, under seal by the court, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was taken into custody Nov. 22 by immigration officials in Pateros, the Phillipines, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Parlin was returned to Maine to face the charges.

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