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Monmouth County, N.J. Company Admits To Insurance Fraud Scheme

Northeast Claims Group Agrees To Be Dissolved
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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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