LONG VALLEY, NJ (Morris County) – Two men have been arrested for alleged insurance fraud in Morris County, according to Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll.
The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office received a referral from the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor involving allegations of insurance fraud in connection with C&E Professional Painting LLC, located in Long Valley, and its owner, Christopher Angst, 48, of Long Valley, who is also an officer with the Montclair University Police Department, Carroll said.
Michael McFadden, 54, of New Milford is employed as an insurance agent with Insuranze Associates in Hasbrouck Heights, Carroll said.
An investigation revealed that McFadden had allegedly created false documents claiming Angst had a workman’s comp coverage policy, when in fact, the defendant did not have a workman’s comp insurance policy, Carroll said.
The investigation revealed Angst had falsely presented his painting business to a client as being insured, and those documents were unknowingly submitted to an insurance carrier by the client. It is also alleged that Angst gifted McFadden a gold Police Benevolent Association card in exchange for the documents, Carroll said.
Angst was charged on Sept. 27 with fourth-degree falsifying/tampering with records, third-degree insurance fraud, fourth-degree failure to provide worker’s comp, fourth-degree forgery – uttering any writing known to be forged, and third-degree conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.
McFadden was charged on Sept. 28 with fourth-degree falsifying, third-degree insurance fraud, fourth-degree hindering, fourth-degree forgery – altering/making, and third-degree conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.