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Eric R. Dinallo   Superintendent of Insurance  25 Beaver Street  New York, N.Y. 10004

ISSUED 01/10/2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COMPUTER CONSULTANT ARRESTED FOR INSURANCE FRAUD

A self-employed computer consultant was arrested Tuesday on charges that he used a client’s computer system to obtain a fraudulent insurance certificate for his part-time snowplowing business, the New York State Insurance Department reported.

Joseph Mori, 43, of 19 Vandidoort Drive, Fishkill, was charged with insurance fraud and criminal possession of a forged instrument. He was arrested by the Insurance Department’s Frauds Bureau, assisted by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department.

According to Frauds Bureau Senior Investigator John J. Toucher, Mori is alleged to have remotely gained access to the computer system of the Kaplan Insurance agency in Wappingers Falls to print an insurance certificate required for a snowplowing job.

Toucher said it is alleged Mori used the system to obtain a blank insurance certificate, upon which he fraudulently entered the name and address of his business. The use of the agency’s computer system was discovered by two Kaplan employees working overtime, he said.

Mori reportedly worked as a computer consultant for the agency for approximately 10 years. Aside from allegedly printing the certificate, no evidence was uncovered that Mori had tampered with other agency computer files, Toucher said.

Mori was issued a desk appearance ticket and ordered to report to the Village of Fishkill Justice Court on Jan. 28. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison for the forged instrument charge, a felony. The misdemeanor insurance fraud charge could result in a sentence of up to one year in jail.

Dutchess County Assistant District Attorney Anthony Parisi is prosecuting the case.

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