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ISSUED 12/19/2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MARCY MOTORCYCLIST ARRESTED FOR INSURANCE FRAUD

An Oneida County man who crashed his motorcycle, arranged to buy insurance at the scene of the accident and then filed a claim for $8,800 in damages -- all within the course of one hour -- was arrested Dec. 11 for insurance fraud.

Michael Marrone, 22, of 9517 Maynard Dr., Marcy, was arrested by the office of Oneida County District Attorney Scott D. McNamara after an investigation by Anthony J. Sobon of the New York State Insurance Department’s Frauds Bureau.

Sobon reported that Marrone was uninsured on the morning of May 14 when he lost control of his 2007 Suzuki motorcycle and ran off a rural Oneida County road. Marrone, who was not badly hurt, then used his cell phone to contact State Farm Insurance from the accident scene to insure the motorcycle. Less than an hour later, he called the insurance company again to report that he had been involved in an accident and file a damage claim. The claim was denied.

If he is convicted, Marrone could be sentenced to up to three years in prison. He was released pending an appearance in Town of Marcy Court. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Matt Worth.

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