- Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Division
of Criminal Justice Director Stephen J.
Taylor announced that a North Jersey woman
has been charged in a state grand jury indictment
for allegedly obtaining Oxycontin and Oxycodone
through fraudulent means.
to Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Ronald
Chillemi, Jessica Fabiano, 35, whose last
known address was in Lafayette, was charged
yesterday with one count of third-degree
insurance fraud, two counts of third-degree
theft by deception, fourteen counts of third-degree
obtaining a controlled dangerous substance
by fraud, and three counts of fourth-degree
falsifying or tampering with records.
state grand jury indictment alleges that
between Feb. 7 and Nov. 20, 2008, Fabiano
fraudulently obtained Oxycontin and Oxycodone
worth a total of $5,363.84. The indictment
alleges that Fabiano fraudulently represented
to Connecticut General Life Insurance Company
that she was entitled to the controlled
dangerous substances, when she was, in fact,
not entitled to them.
indictment further alleges that Fabiano
submitted several prescriptions that contained
false or misleading information or were
obtained under false pretenses, in order
to deceive Connecticut General that she
was entitled to the CDS. Connecticut General
Life Insurance Company was acting as the
third party administrator for CNO Services,
Thomas Ference, Civil Investigator Gina
Lemanowicz and Deputy Attorney General Cheryl
A. Maccaroni were assigned to the investigation.
Maccaroni presented the case to the state
grand jury. Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor
Chillemi thanked Connecticut General Life
Insurance Company for their assistance in
the investigation. Connecticut General Life
Insurance Company referred the matter to
the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.
indictment is merely an accusation and the
defendant is presumed innocent unless and
until proven guilty beyond a reasonable
doubt. Third-degree crimes carry a maximum
punishment of five years in state prison
and a criminal fine of $15,000, while fourth-degree
crimes carry a maximum punishment of 18
months in state prison and a criminal fine
of $10,000. In addition, Fabiano may face
the civil insurance fraud fines.