Insurance Fraud NEWS
New Jersey school official illegally gets health coverage for ex
November 09, 2017, Camden County, NJ
A former administrator in the Maple Shade School District was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday after he admitted to fraudulently obtaining insurance benefits and using district money to repay a loan totaling about $52,000, authorities said.
Salvatore Yacovelli, 46, whose most recent address is Bellmawr but who formerly lived in Barrington, Camden County, entered his guilty plea in July to charges of official misconduct and insurance fraud for using his position to fraudulently obtain health insurance benefits for his ex-wife and for using school funds to repay a personal pension loan, according to authorities. He was a former payroll and benefits administrator for the district.
Yacovelli was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Christopher Garrenger at the Burlington County Courthouse in Mount Holly as part of the terms of a plea deal, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office. He will also forfeit his pension and is barred from public employment in the state.
An investigation revealed that from December 2011 through November 2016, Yacovelli fraudulently represented to the district that he was still married to his ex-wife to obtain medical and dental benefits for her under his insurance policy.
Insurance claims costing the district $47,239.08 were paid during that time, officials said. Also, Yacovelli repaid a $4,989 pension loan he obtained using money from a district account.
Source: Burlington County Times