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Fraud Claims Made for Water Damage, Prosecutor Says

Route 206 resident accused of providing false records to support claim.

A Hillsborough resident was charged Friday with third-degree insurance fraud, after providing a miselading water bill in support of a claim a broken pipe caused water damage to a finished basement, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano.

Soriano and Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Detectives Stuart A.Buckman announced the charge field against Faramarz Azimi, 56, of Route 206 in the Belle Mead section of Hillsborough.

According to the prosecutor, Azimi filed the claim with New Jersey Manufacturer's Insurance on Sept. 6, 2011, saying his basement was damaged by a basement sink valve that leaked and flooded his basement on Sept. 3, 2011. 

In support of his claim, Azimi reportedly included a copy of his New Jesrey American Water Co. bill showing 46,376 gallons of water used, however, the prosecutor said the billing period was for Sept. 13, 2011, to Oct. 3, 2011, and followed a request by Azimi to the company for a special water meter reading done on Sept. 28, 2011. Since the water usage followed the date of the reported damage, Soriano said it could not have caused the damage. 

The investigation by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit was launched in March 2012 after a referral from the New Jersey Manufacturer’s Insurance was received.

Azimi was released after the charge was filed. If found guilty of the charge, Azimi could face fines and penalties as much or more than the amount alleged in the fraud. 

Azimi is the second local resident facing insurance fraud charges after NJM contacted the prosecutor's office in recent months—in December, Maria Demeter entered a guilty plea to charges she filed fraudulent car insurance applications to reduce her premium payments.

Dory January 14, 2013 at 04:18 AM
Last year I filed a claim for the first time in 23 years with Allstate Insurance. I had a problem with the cold and hot water pipes apparently which for years rubbed together when running water. My husband always sat down in our Family Room all the time until his death in 2001. My Washing machine was broken, so I really did not go in the basement at all. I needed to run downstairs to get a tool, and before going down, I had flushed the toilet on the main floor. After I opened the door and went down 2 steps, I heard water running. I went there and saw the cold and hotwater pipes rubbed each time I ran water and a hole formed on the one pipe, and when water was running upstairs, it just spued water all over the work/furnace room. Items that were just on nails were just throwed across the room. Allstate sent out machines to dry up the rooms because mildew started to form on the walls. The adjuster came out, and I was denied coverage because they felt I should have found it sooner. I know of 2 woman where Allstate denied both claims, and Allstate is now operating under a different name, and the State has allowed it. She was wrong in what she did, but I can understand it if they were denied previously.

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