For Immediate Release
January 15, 2010
Senior Assistant Attorney General Connie Stratton
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and Insurance Commissioner Roger A. Sevigny announced today that Robert F. Distefano was sentenced yesterday on six counts of Identity Fraud.
In February of 2009, Distefano was indicted by the Merrimack County Grand Jury on thirteen counts of Identity Fraud, pursuant to RSA 638:26. The indictments alleged that, on thirteen occasions, Distefano posed as another individual in order to receive coverage under that individual's health benefit plan. According to the indictments, Distefano acted with a purpose to defraud the health benefit plan.
Pursuant to a plea agreement Distefano previously pled guilty to six counts of Identity Fraud. At yesterday's sentencing hearing, the court sentenced Distefano to 3 months at the Merrimack County House of Corrections, stand committed, restitution, five years probation, 100 hours of uncompensated community service, and no contact with the victim. An additional condition of the sentence provides that that Distefano may only receive health care services under his true name.
Attorney General Delaney said, "Identity Fraud is of tremendous concern to my office. The harm this crime causes is widespread and lasts for unforeseen periods of time. My office will continue to pursue and prosecute those who engage in such conduct."
Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny said, "My department will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to detect, uncover and prosecute insurance fraud. Insurance fraud costs Americans millions of dollars every year."
These convictions are the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Attorney General's Office, the Insurance Department Fraud Investigation Unit and Concord Police Department.
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