Insurance Fraud NEWS
Roofer allegedly avoids full New Jersey comp premiums
September 11, 2017, Pennsauken, NJ
A Pennsauken man who owns a roofing company was arrested on charges that he committed insurance fraud so he’d get lower premiums on his workers compensation policy.
Oneill Medina, 36, faces up to five years in state prison if he’s convicted, the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office said. He owns Maxi-Tech Inc., a Deptford-based commercial roofing contractor, authorities said.
The prosecutor’s office said its investigation determined Medina’s workers comp policy with New Jersey Manufacturers insured one roofer, one carpenter and two salesmen in 2015 and 2016. But eight to 10 roofers were actually working for Maxi-Tech at any given time during those years, officials allege.
“Falsifying payroll information ultimately hurts honest companies by increasing their insurance costs,” Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton said. “These criminal investigations, aimed at eliminating fraud and abuse, will help New Jersey businesses that are doing the right thing.”
The prosecutor’s office said the investigation began as a referral from the state Office of Insurance Fraud Protection, and the National Insurance Crime Bureau assisted in the probe.