N.J. Man Indicted for Allegedly Submitting False Claim Worth $24K

October 19, 2011

A Monmouth County, New Jersey, resident has been indicted for allegedly submitting a forged receipt in support of an insurance claim in an attempt to collect more than $24,000 to which he was not entitled.

The indictment announcement was issued by New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow and Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Ronald Chillemi on Tues, Oct. 18.

According to the indictment, Dennis Abato, 59, of Howell, was charged with third-degree insurance fraud, third-degree attempted theft by deception and fourth-degree falsifying records.

The Monmouth County grand jury indictment alleges that between Dec. 2008 and March 2009, Abato submitted a fraudulent bill to New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company for reimbursement of $24,138 in connection with an insurance claim for property damage repairs to a 2004 Ford L9000 roll back truck.

The indictment alleges that in support of the fraudulent claim, Abato submitted a false John’s Heavy Duty Truck & Repair bill to insurer, knowing that the bill was false and that he was not entitled to the $24,138 reimbursement. New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company referred the matter to the office of the insurance fraud prosecutor.

The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Third-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of five years in state prison and a criminal fine of $15,000, while fourth-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of 18 months in state prison and a criminal fine of $10,000.

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