- Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal
Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced
that an Ocean County man was sentenced today
for fraudulently obtaining more than $16,000
in disability insurance benefits to which
he was not entitled.
to Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Riza
Dagli, Thomas Gallo, 55, of Bayville, was
sentenced today to three years of probation
by Superior Court Judge Wendel E. Daniels
in Ocean County. Gallo was also ordered
to pay full restitution to Freehold Cartage,
Inc. New Jersey law provides that there
is a presumption against any sentence of
incarceration for a person convicted of
a third-degree crime who has not previously
been convicted of an indictable offense.
The sentence was based on Gallo’s
Dec. 7 guilty plea to an accusation which
charged him with third-degree theft by deception.
In pleading guilty, Gallo, a truck driver
for Freehold Cartage, Inc., admitted that
between Feb. 5 and Oct. 6, 2008, following
an injury at work, he obtained $16,821.84
in fraudulent disability insurance claims
from Freehold Cartage, Inc., even though
he was working for another company and therefore
not entitled to receive temporary disability
benefits from Freehold Cartage.
Detective Natalie Brotherston and Deputy
Attorney General Cheryl A. Maccaroni were
assigned to the investigation. Maccaroni
represented the Office of the Insurance
Fraud Prosecutor at the sentencing. Acting
Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Dagli thanked
Freehold Cartage, Inc. and ACE America/ESIS
for their assistance in the investigation.