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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Employer Fraud: NJ employer accused of stealing over $265K from workers' comp insurer

Charles Kelcy Pegler Sr.
TRENTON — Charles Kelcy Pegler Sr., 55, of Spring Lake, has been indicted for stealing more than $265,000 by providing false and misleading information to the workers compensation insurance carrier for his roofing company.

Pegler was charged Thursday with second-degree theft by deception, second-degree false contract payment claim for a government contract, third-degree insurance fraud and fourth-degree false swearing, the state Attorney Generals Office announced.

Pegler is the president of Roof Diagnostics Inc. located at 2333 Route 34 in Wall. During the time described by the indictment, the company was at 608 Brighton Ave. in Spring Lake Heights.

The indictment alleges that between June 6, 2002 and Oct. 5, 2009, Pegler stole $265,044 from New Jersey Casualty Insurance Co. by creating the false impression that Roof Diagnostics was not a roofing company, that it did not employ roofers and that it did not install, maintain or repair roofs. That meant he paid far less in insurance premiums than he should have, according to state investigators.

This defendant had a legal responsibility to provide adequate and lawful workers compensation coverage for employees, Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said in a release.

By providing misinformation to his workers compensation carrier, he not only failed in this responsibility but also defrauded an insurance company out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The cost of such fraud is passed...
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