- Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal
Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced
that a West Orange man was sentenced today
for filing a false insurance claim.
to Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Riza
Dagli, Lee D. Beamon, Jr., 43, of West Orange,
was sentenced to 30 days in county jail
as a condition of one year of probation
by Superior Court Judge N. Peter Conforti
in Sussex County. Beamon’s sentence
was based on his guilty plea to third-degree
insurance fraud. Beamon was charged in a
Jan. 21 Sussex County grand jury indictment.
pleading guilty on June 7, Beamon admitted
that between Aug. 27, 2005 and Aug. 6, 2006,
he made false and misleading statements
in support of a claim he filed with Franklin
Mutual Insurance Company for payment for
property purportedly stolen in August 2005.
Beamon admitted that he submitted a claim
application form containing false information
regarding the date of a purported theft
of the contents of the trunk of his 2004
Infiniti, including some jewelry and a lap-top
computer. Beamon initially filed a police
report claiming that a theft of property
occurred on Aug. 27, 2005. On Aug. 28, 2005,
Beamon obtained a homeowner’s insurance
policy from Franklin Mutual Insurance Company
which covered the contents of the trunk.
He then filed the fraudulent documentation,
claiming that the contents of the trunk
were stolen on Aug. 29, 2005. An investigation
determined that Beamon also altered an Irvington
Police Department police report to support
the false date he indicated. Franklin Mutual
Insurance Company denied the claim and referred
the matter to the Office of the Insurance
Detective Ned Shaw, Civil Investigator James
Stavola, and Deputy Attorney General Dennis
Kwasnik were assigned to the investigation.
Deputy Attorney General Kwasnik represented
the state at the sentencing. Acting Insurance
Fraud Prosecutor Dagli thanked the Franklin
Mutual Insurance Company for its assistance
in this investigation.