Arrests for April 2008
These arrests were made possible through the cooperation of the Frauds Bureau, law enforcement, the insurance industry and the public.
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The owner of a massage therapy business was sentenced in Monroe County Court on 4/10/08 to one year conditional discharge and ordered to serve eight weekends on the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department work detail following his felony conviction on 2/11/08 for insurance fraud. He was arrested on 3/27/07 for defrauding GEICO Insurance Company of $2,730 for treatments that were never provided to a policyholder who sought massage therapy following an auto accident. The investigation was conducted by the Frauds Bureau and the Rochester Police Department. The State Police Auto Theft Unit assisted in the execution of two search warrants at the suspect’s home and business that uncovered evidence that led to his arrest.
- GUILTY PLEA
The suspect in a no-fault case pleaded guilty to falsifying business records and DWAI on 4/18/08 and was fined $700. An investigation by the Frauds Bureau and the State Police in Liberty, NY, led to her arrest in December 2007 for altering a medical report stemming from an auto accident in which she was involved. Following the accident, she was taken to a local hospital and treated. However, investigators discovered that the medical report stated that she had been drinking at the time of the accident. She used white-out to cover all references to alcohol in the report and submitted it in support of a claim she filed with New York Central Mutual Insurance Company in an effort to have $45,000 in medical bills paid under her no-fault coverage.
- WORKERS’ COMP FRAUD
Arrested on 4/16/08
Chargedwith grand larceny, falsifying business records and insurance fraud
The defendant in this case sustained a work-related injury on 4/12/96 and was classified permanently partially disabled on 3/22/99. However, surveillance indicated that the defendant was working at a gas station car wash from 2/21/06 through 5/29/07 while collecting workers’ compensation benefits. The investigation was conducted jointly by the Frauds Bureau and the Queens DA’s Office.
- STOLEN BENEFITS
Arrested on 4/10/08
Chargedwith grand larceny in the 3rd degree
On 4/10/08, a Rochester woman voluntarily gave an oral confession at the State Police Barracks. She stated that from November 2006 through July 2007 she cashed workers’ compensation checks issued to her mother by Utica Mutual Insurance Company. She used a rubber stamp of the signature to endorse the checks. An investigation by the Frauds Bureau revealed that the suspect’s mother had passed away in October 2006. The suspect thus collected $3,427 in benefits to which she was not entitled.