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For Immediate Release:  
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March 21, 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

 

Burlington County Contractor Indicted for Phony Certificate of Insurance

TRENTON - Vaughn L. McKoy, Director, Division of Criminal Justice, announced that a Burlington County contractor has been charged by the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor with forgery for possessing a counterfeit Certificate of Insurance.

According to Greta Gooden-Brown, Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, William Scanlan, 51, Augusta Drive, Mt. Holly, Burlington County, was charged via a State Grand Jury indictment with fourth degree forgery which carries a maximum penalty of up to 18 months in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

The indictment alleges that between Nov. 1 - 3, 2002, Scanlan, the owner of William C. Scanlan, Jr. and Son contracting business, issued a phony Certificate of Liability Insurance purportedly issued by the Zurich Insurance Company. Certificates of Insurance, required to be posted by contractors awarded construction contracts, attest that the contractor has the requisite amount of excess liability and workers compensation insurance. The indictment alleges that Scanlan issued the phony Certificate of Insurance to Woolstan Construction in connection with having subcontracted for work with Woolstan Construction. It is charged that the phony Certificate of Insurance represented that William C. Scanlan, Jr. and Son were insured by Zurich Insurance Company for auto and general liability but not for workers compensation and excess liability.

The indictment was handed up to Mercer County Superior Court Judge Linda R. Feinberg, the Assignment Judge in charge of the State Grand Jury, on March 18. The case will be venued in Burlington County where Scanlan will be ordered to appear for arraignment and bail.

The investigation was conducted by the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor which investigates and prosecutes civil and criminal insurance fraud cases. State Investigator Scott Caponi and Supervising Deputy Attorney General Lewis J. Korngut coordinated the investigation. The case was referred to the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor for investigation by Liberty Insurance Associates. An indictment is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed to be innocent of the charges unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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