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October 14, 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

 

Camden County Man Charged with Filing False New Jersey Transit Accident Claim
Defendant Attempted to Scam NJ Transit Out of $1 Million...

TRENTON - Criminal Justice Director Vaughn L. McKoy announced that the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor has obtained a State Grand Jury indictment charging a Camden County man with submitting a fraudulent insurance claim, falsely reporting that he was injured by a New Jersey Transit bus, in order to file a $1 million lawsuit.

According to Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Greta Gooden Brown, Anthony Williams, 37, L/K/A N. 31st Street, Camden, was charged with Health Care Claims Fraud (2nd degree) and theft by deception (3rd degree). If convicted of both charges, Williams faces up to 15 years in state prison and a criminal fine of up to $165,000. Williams also faces civil insurance fraud fines.

The indictment alleges that between April 21, 2002 and April 28, 2005, Williams submitted a false New Jersey Transit automobile collision and personal injury claim to New Jersey Transit. It is charged that Williams falsely claimed that he was a passenger in a mini-van that sustained relatively minor damage when a New Jersey Transit bus struck the side-view mirror of the mini-van. An investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor determined that Williams had been an eyewitness to an April 21, 2002 collision involving a NJ Transit bus and a minivan on Arch Street in Philadelphia. The investigation found that Williams was not in the car at the time of the alleged accident and sustained no injuries in the collision.

The investigation further revealed that Williams filed the fraudulent claim in order to retain an attorney to file a $1 million lawsuit against New Jersey Transit for injuries that he purportedly sustained in the accident. It is also alleged that Williams consulted with at least two physicians with respect to the “injuries” to further his claim. The lawsuit was dismissed in April 2005.

State Investigator Thomas Tiernan and Deputy Attorney General Christine A. Hoffman were assigned to the investigation. DAG Hoffman represented the Division of Criminal Justice –Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor before the State Grand Jury. New Jersey Transit referred the matter to the Division of Criminal Justice after denying the claim. NJ Transit also assisted in the investigation.

"Phony bodily injury claims are far too common,” said Fraud Prosecutor Brown. “This activity violates the public trust and places an enormous burden on the insurance system. As it has in the past, the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor will vigorously investigate and prosecute this type of activity.”

The indictment, which was handed up to Mercer County Superior Court Judge Maria M. Sypek on Oct. 4, is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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