According to Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Greta Brown, 37-year-old Tomica Cooper was charged with second-degree insurance fraud, third-degree theft by deception, third-degree impersonation, and fourth-degree falsifying records.
The indictment before a grand jury in Burlington County, New Jersey alleges that during the period between July 13, 2003 and August 4, 2004, Cooper allegedly stole a total of $9,442 by filing false claims for benefits for short-term disability in June 2003 to the Hartford Insurance Co.
According to the indictment, in July 2003, Cooper returned to her job a Wal-Mart, but failed to notify the insurance company and continued collecting benefits until December 2003. Because of the fraud, Cooper allegedly received $4,197 to which she had no entitlement.
Allegedly, Cooper fraudulently initiated a second short-term disability claim on January 29, 2004 and collected a total of $5,245 to which she had not entitlement due to no longer being employed and not being eligible for short-term disability benefits. She claimed to still be an employee of Wal-Mart when she filed for benefits, despite being fired on January 12, 2004.
Cooper also allegedly called Hartford and impersonated a doctor’s office employee in an attempt to file for long-term disability.