Insurance fraud charged related to Sandy

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OCEAN CITY — Insurance fraud charges have been filed against a 79-year-old Burlington County resident over a $75,000 Hurricane Sandy claim for a house at 12th Street.

According to information released Tuesday by Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor on Tuesday, Dominic Rita, 79, of Southampton in Burlington County was charged on May 14 with third-degree insurance fraud as well as second-degree theft by deception, third-degree hindering apprehension and fourth-degree providing false statements to law enforcement. 

Rita was released on a summons.

Rita, who owns a summer house on 12th street in Ocean City, filed an insurance claim totaling over $75,000, falsely claiming damages to his property had occurred as a result of Hurricane Sandy, according to Taylor.

The investigation was conducted by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Economics Crime Unit with the assistance of the Special Investigation Unit of Selective Insurance.

The investigation found that the property did not sustain the damage as Rita reported, according to Taylor.

Taylor said that those convicted of a second degree crime may face five to 10 years in state prison; those convicted of a third degree crime face three to five years in prison.  He said his office will continue to work closely with insurance companies to identify fraudulent insurance claims.

To report illegal activity anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriffs Tip Line, see cmcsheriff.net  and click on anonymous tip, or call the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800 or 877-465-2801, Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135. 


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