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News Release

For Immediate Release
August 26, 2009

Attorney Catherine Tucker
(603) 271-3643

Conviction for Insurance Fraud

Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and Insurance Commissioner Roger A. Sevigny today announced the conviction of Bradford Sargent, Jr. for Insurance Fraud.

Sargent, age 28, of Strafford, New Hampshire, pled guilty in the Merrimack County Superior Court to one class A Felony count of Insurance Fraud. He was sentenced to 12 months in the House of Corrections, all of which was deferred for one year and then suspended for two additional years. Sargent was also ordered to pay both a $4000 fine, a portion of which was suspended, and restitution to the insurance company, as well as to write apology letters to the insurance company and another witness. An additional condition of his sentence is that he must comply with all probationary terms imposed on him in Strafford County for another conviction.

The charges arose after Sargent reported a theft at his home to the Strafford Police. An insurance claim was then made to Amica Mutual Insurance Company ("Amica") for these allegedly stolen items. In support of this insurance claim, Sargent mailed Amica an itemized list of these items he claimed were stolen. Sargent later confessed to an Insurance Department Fraud Investigation Unit Investigator that he had staged the burglary and the items had not been actually stolen.

Attorney General Delaney said, "My office will continue to work aggressively with our law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute insurance fraud offenders." "Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime. Every law abiding New Hampshire resident and business pays for this criminal activity. Insurance costs go up when criminals commit insurance fraud," said Insurance Commissioner Sevigny.

The conviction is the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Attorney General's Office and the Insurance Department Fraud Investigation Unit. The Fraud Investigation Unit was formed to investigate Insurance Fraud and other insurance-related criminal activity.

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