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For Immediate Release:  
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June 29, 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

 

Rachel Sacharow
609-984-1936

 

Monmouth County Man Ordered to Pay More than $19,800 for Theft of Workers Compensation Insurance

TRENTON - Division of Criminal Justice Director Vaughn L. McKoy announced that a Monmouth County man has been ordered to pay more than $19,800 after pleading guilty for his role in a workers compensation insurance fraud scam.

According to Director McKoy and Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Greta Gooden-Brown, Douglas E. “David” Fittinger, 59, East Main Street, Manasquan, Monmouth County, was ordered by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Bette Uhrmacher to pay $14,882 restitution and a $5,000 civil fine. Fittinger was also ordered to serve five years probation and complete 325 hours of community service. Fittinger had previously pleaded guilty to a criminal Accusation filed by the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, charging him with theft by deception (3rd degree).

At the April 22 guilty plea hearing, Fittinger admitted that between Feb.1 and June 10, 2003, he wrongfully obtained workers compensation payments from his employer, Ralph Clayton and Sons Concrete, located in Lakewood, Ocean County. Ralph Clayton and Sons Concrete is self-insured for workers compensation insurance meaning that it, rather than an insurance company, makes workers compensation insurance payments. It administers its own workers compensation insurance plan.

Fittinger admitted that he claimed total disability from his job as a truck driver in order to steal more than $14,880 in workers compensation insurance money when, in fact, he was not disabled. An investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor determined that Fittinger was dancing at a night club, training as a firefighter, working on a boat, and engaging in other conduct inconsistent with his claim of total disability.

State Investigator Carlos Ortiz, Civil Investigator Angelo Vastano, and Deputy Attorneys General Peter W. Lee and DAG Michael Troso were assigned to the investigation. DAG Troso represented the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor at the June 24 sentencing hearing.

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