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News Release

For Immediate Release
April 9, 2009

Attorney Catherine Tucker
(603) 271-7987

Indictment for Class A Felony Insurance Fraud

Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte and Insurance Commissioner Roger A. Sevigny announced today the indictment of Bradford R. Sargent, Jr. for fraud relative to a homeowners' insurance policy.

Sargent, age 27, of Strafford, New Hampshire, was indicted by the Merrimack County Grand Jury on one count of Insurance Fraud, under RSA 638:20. The indictment alleges that a claim was made on an insurance policy to Amica Mutual Insurance Company ("Amica") relative to an alleged theft from a residence in Strafford. It states that on or about March 24, 2008, Sargent knowingly mailed information about the allegedly stolen items to Amica. The indictment further alleges that Sargent knew that no such theft had taken place and that Sargent's purpose was to defraud or deceive Amica with the value of the fraudulent portion of the claim for payment or other benefit being greater than $1,000.

Arraignment has been scheduled for April 28, 2009 at the Merrimack County Superior Court. This charge is a class A Felony, which carries a maximum penalty of 7½-15 years at the New Hampshire State Prison; a fine of $4,000; or both.

These indictments are 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 in 2006 to investigate and prosecute Insurance Fraud and other insurance-related criminal activity.

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