TRENTON – A former Essex County insurance company employee has been sentenced for her role in a scheme to steal more than $94,100 through fraudulent disability insurance claims, Attorney General Anne Milgram and Criminal Justice Director Deborah L. Gramiccioni announced.
According to Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Riza Dagli, LaShondrea Tucker, 32, of Plainfield, was sentenced Dec. 16 to five years probation conditioned on her serving 364 days in county jail by Superior Court Judge Michael A. Petrolle in Essex County.
Petrolle also ordered Tucker to serve 250 hours of community service and to pay $59,231 in restitution. The sentence is based on Tucker’s Aug. 11 guilty plea to insurance fraud, a charge contained in a Dec. 18, 2008 state grand jury indictment.
In pleading guilty, Tucker, who was employed as a disability claims manager for Prudential Insurance Company, admitted that between Sept. 22, 2003 and March 23, 2004, she created fraudulent disability claims using the names and other identifiers of actual people enrolled in a teachers’ disability plan. Tucker admitted that she diverted 21 checks and two electronic fund transfers totaling over $94,100.
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