N.Y. Dept. Charges Nine with Fraud

July 30, 2002

New York Superintendent of Insurance Gregory Serio, along with Nassau County District Attorney Denis Dillon announced the filing of charges against nine individuals accused of insurance fraud.

Those charged are as follows: Michael Denicola, 61 of Carle Place, for falsely reporting to the State Insurance Fund that he was not working. He reportedly fraudulently obtained $16,360 in workers’ compensation benefits and was charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing and Fraudulent Practices in violation of the Workers’ Compensation Law.

Janet Cooper Murphy, 63 of Roosevelt, for receiving her husband workers’ compensation benefits after he had died. She allegedly obtained $2,640 in benefits she was not entitled to and was charged with Insurance Fraud and Grand Larceny.

Christine J. Serio, 41 of Elmont for reporting to the State Insurance Fund that she was not employed when she was working for the Nassau County Department of Drugs and Alcohol. She is charged with Grand Larceny and Insurance Fraud for reportedly obtaining $5,317 in workers’ compensation benefits she was not entitled to.

Evelyn Stampe, 48 of Massapequa for allegedly stating to the State Insurance Fund that she was not working when she in fact was working at a dry cleaners. She was charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing and Fraudulent Practices in violation of the Workers Compensation Law.

Leon Brumell, 68 of Hicksville for reportedly fraudulently obtaining $11,116 in workers’ compensation benefits he was not entitled to. He was charged with Grand Larceny and Insurance Fraud.

Mark A. Combs, 30 of Baldwin accused of allegedly causing a general contractor to be fraudulently billed $2,540 by the State Insurance Fund for premiums. He is charged with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument.

Joseph E. Lau, 35 of Patchogue for reportedly falsely claiming that he, doing business as Blue Bay Construction, was covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Lau is charged with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument.

Karen Witzgall, 31 of Levittown for reportedly filing identical claims for a lost ring with two different insurers. She is charged with Attempted Grand Larceny and Falsifying Business Records.

Jean Venet Senatus, 46 of Uniondale for filing false claims for approximately $5,000 in receipts for items allegedly damaged in a car accident and receipts for expenses incurred getting to and from work while his car was being repaired. He is charged with Insurance Fraud, Grand Larceny and Falsifying Business Records.

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