N.J. Insurance Adjuster Charged With Defrauding N.J. Turnpike Authority

February 26, 2014

Authorities announced the owner of a New Jersey-based insurance adjusting company was arrested Tuesday for allegedly defrauding the N.J. Turnpike Authority and certain insurance companies of more than $200,000.

Robert Napolitano, 54, of Clifton, N.J., the owner of Dawn to Dusk LLC, an insurance adjusting company that investigated and provided adjusting services to property/casualty insurance carriers in New Jersey, was arrested by special agents of the FBI and charged by complaint filed Feb. 19, 2014, and unsealed Tuesday with one count of mail fraud.

Authorities charged that from October 2011 to June 2013, Napolitano allegedly obtained by fraud more than $200,000 from the N.J. Turnpike Authority (NJTA) and certain insurance companies in several ways, including instructing insurance companies whose motorists caused damage to the N.J. Turnpike to issue checks payable to Dawn to Dusk.

After the checks were mailed to Dawn to Dusk, Napolitano allegedly did not forward the payments to the NJTA and instead shared the money with his previously charged conspirator, Gerardo A. Blasi, an NJTA claims manager, according to the complaint.

Blasi, 55, of Clifton, pleaded guilty Dec.11, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to an information charging him with using the mails to facilitate a scheme and artifice to defraud the NJTA and certain insurance companies in connection with his theft of more than $1.5 million from the authority and the insurance companies. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 19, 2014.

The fraud count with which Napolitano is charged is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense.

Source: The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey

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