- Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Division
of Criminal Justice Director Stephen J.
Taylor announced that a Bergen County man
has pleaded guilty to submitting a forged
document in support of a private disability
to Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Riza
Dagli, Stephen R. Pirrone, 50, of Old Tappan,
pleaded guilty on Monday (March 14) to fourth-degree
forgery before Superior Court Judge Donald
R. Venezia in Bergen County. The charge
was contained in a Bergen County grand jury
indictment that was returned on Oct.19,
Venezia scheduled sentencing for April 29.
Under the plea agreement, the Office of
the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor will recommend
that Pirrone be sentenced to one year in
pleading guilty, Pirrone admitted that on
Oct. 22, 2005, in order to collect benefits
under a private disability insurance policy,
he submitted to UnumProvident Corporation
a physician’s statement bearing the
forged signature of his orthopedic physician.
Janet Amberg, Civil Investigator James Stavola
and Deputy Attorney General Geraldine D.
Zidow were assigned to the investigation.
Zidow represented the Office of the Insurance
Fraud Prosecutor at the plea hearing. Acting
Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Dagli thanked
UnumProvident Corporation for its assistance
in the investigation.