For Immediate Release
September 12, 2012
Catherine L. Bernhard, Senior Assistant Attorney General
New Hampshire Insurance Department Fraud Prosecutor
(603) 271-7973 x 235 or (603) 271-2898
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and Commissioner Roger A. Sevigny announce the conviction of Tanya T. Shaw for the crime of unsworn falsification. A plea and sentencing hearing was held yesterday in Hillsborough County for the Northern District at which Ms. Shaw pleaded guilty to one Class A misdemeanor of unsworn falsification for making false written statements on a proof of loss form submitted to Progressive Insurance. Ms. Shaw received a 12 month House of Corrections sentence suspended for one year upon continued good behavior and restitution to Progressive Insurance in an amount of $498.00.
The claim was investigated and referred to the New Hampshire Insurance Department Fraud Unit as required by RSA 417:28. Charges were brought when the investigation revealed that Ms. Shaw lied on a written proof of loss form on February 14, 2011. Ms. Shaw stated that her 2008 Honda Civic was damaged on January 31, 2011 when it slid on ice and struck a parked truck in her driveway. Ms. Shaw asserted that the statements made about the loss were true and she signed a form that warned her that false statements would be prosecuted. At the time she signed the proof of loss Ms. Shaw knew that she had damaged her car on January 15, 2011 when she rear ended an SUV and when she had no collision or comprehensive insurance coverage on her car. Ms. Shaw's statements were found to be false when the driver of the SUV was located and described the accident on January 15, 2011, and after an expert examination of the damages to Ms. Shaw's Honda Civic were examined and found to be inconsistent with a low impact slide into a parked truck.
The prosecution was a collaboration between the NH Attorney General's Office and the NH Insurance Department Fraud Unit.
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