N.H. Officials Indict 2 on Fraud Charges

June 4, 2007

New Hampshire officials said they have indicted two men in separate cases with falsifying insurance claims.

According to Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte and Insurance Commissioner Roger A. Sevigny, Scott Baldwin Hampton, N.H., was indicted on one count of insurance fraud. The indictment alleges that Baldwin made a claim to Wausau Insurance Companies for an injured tooth. In support of this claim, according to the indictment, Baldwin submitted a patient treatment plan, purportedly from his dentist, costing $1,927. The indictment alleges that this documentation was false, incomplete or misleading because the patient treatment plan had been generated by the dental office on a different date, following a different purported injury to that tooth. Baldwin submitted this document in an attempt to defraud or deceive Wausau Insurance Companies, according to the indictment. An arraignment date has been scheduled for June 4, 2007 at the Strafford Superior Court.

Joseph C. Arcidiacono of Seabrook, N.H., was indicted on two counts of insurance fraud over a claim to Peerless Insurance Co. According to the indictments, Arcidiacono alleged that he had lost wages, valued between $2,880-$3,000, and had lost a hockey tryout opportunity, valued at $30,000, as a result of an automobile accident. In support of this claim, the indictments allege, Arcidiacono submitted an employment verification form, purportedly from his employer, and a letter, purportedly from a hockey organization. However, the employment verification form had not been filled out by the employer and the letter had not been prepared by the hockey organization, according to the indictments. The indictments state that Arcidiacono submitted these documents in an attempt to defraud or deceive Peerless Insurance Co.. A preliminary pretrial conference has been scheduled for July 25, 2007 at the Cheshire Superior Court.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of 15 years incarceration and a $4,000 fine, per count.

These indictments are the result of joint investigations conducted by the Attorney General’s Office and the Insurance Department Fraud Investigation Unit.

Source: New Hampshire Attorney General

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