N.Y. Insurance Agency’s Computer Hacked to Gain Forged Insurance Docs

January 14, 2008

Police in New York have arrested a computer consultant who is charged with fraudulently printing an insurance certificate from an agency’s computer and using the document for his part-time snowplowing business.

Joseph Mori, 43, of Fishkill, has been charged with insurance fraud and criminal possession of a forged instrument. He was arrested by the New York State Insurance Department’s Frauds Bureau, assisted by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department.

Mori allegedly gained access to the computer system of Kaplan Insurance agency in Wappingers Falls to print the fraudulent insurance certificate. Agency employees discovered the fraud.

Mori reportedly worked as a computer consultant for the agency for approximately 10 years. Aside from allegedly printing the certificate, no evidence was uncovered that Mori had tampered with other agency computer files, Toucher said.

The misdemeanor insurance fraud charge could result in a sentence of up to one year in jail.

Source: New York State Insurance Dept.

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