Firefighter Charged with Insurance Fraud in New York

February 12, 2010

A Little Falls, New York firefighter who fabricated an insurance claim so he could pay for the construction of an $8,000 retaining wall has been charged with insurance fraud.

The New York State Insurance Department’s Frauds Bureau said Christopher Hendrie was arrested after filing a phony damage claim under his homeowners’ policy with Allstate Insurance Co.

Investigators said that Hendrie filed the claim in June. He told Allstate that heavy rains caused the collapse of the stone wall in front of his home. However, an investigation revealed that Hendrie had a contractor replace an existing wall with a new one before filing the insurance claim. He filed the claim so he could pay the contractor after being turned down for a loan to finance the project.

Hendrie was arrested by Little Falls police. He was released pending a hearing scheduled Feb. 16 in Little Falls City Court. He could be sentenced to up to four years in prison if he is convicted.

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