TRENTON Attorney General
Anne Milgram announced that a Passaic County
man has been indicted on charges that he
fraudulently used his father’s insurance
plan to obtain prescription pain medications.
According to Insurance Fraud
Prosecutor Greta Gooden Brown, David Van
Dunk, Jr., 34, of Hewitt, was charged with
second-degree health care claims fraud and
third-degree theft by deception.
The Passaic County grand
jury indictment alleges that between Jan.
24 and Nov. 8, 2006, Van Dunk falsely used
his father’s prescription plan to
wrongfully obtain prescription medications,
including oxycodone, Percocet, morphine
sulfate, and Endocet. Van Dunk allegedly
claimed that the medications were for his
father when, in fact, they were for himself.
As a result of the alleged fraud, Connecticut
General Life Insurance Company paid various
pharmacies a total of $12,140 for the prescription
Detective Abraham Aquino and Deputy Attorney
General Cheryl A. Maccaroni were assigned
to the investigation. Maccaroni represented
the Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor
before the Passaic County grand jury.
The indictment, which was
handed up yesterday, is merely an accusation
and the defendant is presumed innocent until
proven guilty. Second-degree crimes carry
a maximum sentence of 10 years in state
prison and a criminal fine of $150,000,
while third-degree crimes carry a maximum
sentence of five years in state prison and
a criminal fine of $15,000. Van Dunk may
also face civil insurance fraud fines.