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Kermitt J. Brooks    Acting Superintendent of Insurance    25 Beaver Street  New York, N.Y. 10004

ISSUED 7/23/2009FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BED AND BREAKFAST SCAM LEADS TO ONEIDA COUNTY MAN'S ARREST

An Oneida County man was arrested July 16 for trying to get his insurance company to pay for $4,000 in living expenses at a bed and breakfast that turned out not to exist, the New York State Insurance Department reported.

State police arrested Matthew Darling, 36, of Hillsboro Road, Camden, after an investigation by Tom Hurley of the Insurance Department's Frauds Bureau.

Darling is accused of submitting a fraudulent insurance claim to Kemper Insurance Company for expenses he said he incurred while his home was being repaired after smoke damage caused by a faulty furnace. The investigation revealed that a receipt for cash payments Darling submitted was phony, as was the bed and breakfast where he claimed to have stayed. He was never paid for the purported expenses.

Darling is charged with insurance fraud and falsifying business records. He could be sentenced to up to four years in prison if he is convicted. He was released pending a hearing. The case is being prosecuted by Oswego County Assistant District Attorney Mark Moody.

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