TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey has launched a statewide Sandy Fraud Working Group in an effort to track down and prosecute those trying to scam the system as residents recover from the superstorm.
State Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa announced the formation of the working group, which is a coordinated effort among several state and local agencies. The effort is designed to ensure civil cases are prosecuted as efficiently as possible, according to officials.
“Whether it’s insurance fraud, whether it’s a criminal issue, whether it’s a consumer impact,” Chiesa told WCBS 880’s Levon Putney.
“If you’re getting jerked around by a home contractor, you should let us know. If you feel you’re being given the run-around, things aren’t happening,” Chiesa told Putney. “Err on the side of caution and call us if they have a concern.”
The state has set up a hotline at 855-SANDY39 (855-726-3939) and website StopSandyFraud.org so victims or witnesses of fraud can report it to authorities.