TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Monmouth County, N.J.-based public adjusting company has admitted to submitting fraudulent insurance claims, in an attempt to bilk an area insurer out of more than $15,000.
Long Branch, N.J.-based Northeast Claims Group recently pleaded guilty to second-degree insurance fraud.
The firm also agreed to be dissolved and have its state public adjuster license revoked.
A public adjuster is an intermediary between an insured and their insurance company. The adjuster is hired by an insured after they suffer losses.
The company was also fined $7,500 criminal fine and its owner — Joseph Shammah, 40, of West Long Branch agreed to have his public adjuster’s license revoked.
Shammah was allowed to enter a pretrial program, meaning the criminal charge personally against him would be dismissed if he successfully completes the program.
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