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September 13, 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


Gloucester County Man Sentenced for Stealing More than $11,700 in Workers Compensation Insurance Fraud

TRENTON - Division of Criminal Justice Director Vaughn L. McKoy announced that a Gloucester County man has been ordered to repay more than $11,700 that he stole by falsifying records and falsely implying that he was entitled to workers compensation benefits.

According to Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Greta Gooden Brown, Michael J. Scherb, 28, 2nd Ave., Woodbury, Gloucester County, was ordered by Gloucester County Superior Court Judge John Tomasello to pay $11,760 in restitution and a $3,000 civil fine after pleading guilty to a criminal Accusation filed by the Division of Criminal Justice. The Accusation charged theft by deception and falsifying records. Judge Tomasello also ordered Scherb to serve three years probation pursuant to the guilty plea.

At the Aug. 1 guilty plea hearing, Scherb admitted that between April 18, 2003 and Jan. 27, 2004, he collected more than $11,760 in workers compensation insurance benefits to which he was not entitled. Scherb admitted that he fraudulently advised the Guard Insurance Group, which provided workers compensation insurance, that he was injured and unable to work. In fact, Scherb was employed by a tree trimming service while collecting workers compensation benefits.

The Guard Insurance Group became suspicious of the claim and referred the case to the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor for investigation. State Investigator Anthony Butler, Civil Investigator Wilbert Sowney, and Deputy Attorney General Steven Cirillo were assigned to the investigation. DAG Cirillo represented the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor at the sentencing on Sept. 9.

“Workers compensation insurance is designed to assist hard-working people who get injured on the job,” said Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Brown. “Theft from the workers compensation program is a serious affront to the honest, hard-working people who need the program benefits.”

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