Cranford Man Charged With Illegally Receiving Temporary Disability Benefits

TRENTON – A state grand jury has charged a Cranford man in an indictment for allegedly collecting more than $22,000 in temporary disability insurance benefits to which he was not entitled, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced.

Louis L. Dubrel, 43, of Cranford, was charged Monday with insurance fraud, theft by deception and perjury, all in the third degree.

The state grand jury indictment alleges that between Jan. 12 and Sept. 7, 2007, Dubrel, who sustained a work-related injury while employed as an auto mechanic for Maple Crest Auto Group in Union, omitted and failed to provide significant information to New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company in order to obtain $22,569 in temporary disability insurance benefits to which he was not entitled.

The indictment also alleges that Dubrel obtained the $22,569 from New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company by creating the false impression that he was unable to complete common household chores and daily physical activities, when, in fact, he participated as driver in several harness horse racing qualifying starts and as a horse trainer during the period that he received temporary disability benefits.

Finally, the indictment alleges that while appearing at an official proceeding, namely in the matter of Louis Dubrel v. Maple Crest Auto Group, and while under oath, Dubrel made the false statement that, “I can’t ride [horses],”a statement that he knew was not true.

The indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Third-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of five years in state prison and a criminal fine of $15,000.


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