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For Immediate Release:  
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January 3, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Division of Criminal Justice
- Vaughn L. McKoy, Director
Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor
- Greta Gooden Brown, Insurance Fraud Prosecutor

 

John R. Hagerty
609-984-1936

 
 

Gloucester County Woman Pleads Guilty to Submitting Fake $2,300 Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance Claim

 

Trenton - Vaughn L. McKoy, Director, Division of Criminal Justice, announced that a Gloucester County woman has pleaded guilty to insurance fraud charges after submitting a phony $2,300 Personal Injury Protection (PIP) claim to her insurance company.

Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Greta Gooden-Brown said that Heather M. Dorst, 26, Chestnut Lane, Westville, Gloucester County, pleaded guilty before Camden County Superior Court Judge John T. McNeill, III to a criminal Accusation which charged third degree Insurance Fraud. A third degree crime carries a sentence of up to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000. Dorst may also face civil insurance fraud fines pursuant to the Insurance Fraud Prevention Act. Dorst is scheduled to appear before Judge McNeill on Feb. 25 for sentencing.

At the Jan. 3, 2005 guilty plea hearing, Dorst admitted that on Dec. 25, 2003, David Cardonick was driving her car in Magnolia, Camden County, when it was struck in the rear by another vehicle. Cardonick, alone in the vehicle and driving with a suspended license, fled the scene of the accident. Later that day, Dorst reported to the Magnolia Police Department that she was driving the car. Dorst subsequently submitted a fraudulent Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance claim to the Farm Family Casualty Insurance Company in which she certified that she was driving the car and that she suffered personal injuries as the result of the accident. Medical bills totaling $2,364 were submitted for payment.

The investigation and prosecution was coordinated by the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor which investigates and prosecutes civil and criminal insurance fraud cases. State Investigator George Meyers, Civil Investigator William McGough, and Deputy Attorney General Allen S. Ferg were assigned to the investigation. DAG Ferg represented the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor at the guilty plea hearing. The case was referred by Farm Family Casualty Insurance Company to the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor for investigation.

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