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Little Silver Man Pleads Guilty To Sandy-Related Insurance Fraud

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LITTLE SILVER: A borough man has pled guilty to filing a fake insurance claim for property damages related to Hurricane Sandy, a release from the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General's Office states.

Farouk Soliman, 74, of Little Silver, plead guilty on March 24 to third-degree insurance fraud before Superior Court Judge James M. Blaney in Ocean County. The charge was contained in a state grand jury indictment returned on Aug. 5, 2013.

Soliman is scheduled to be sentenced on May 30. Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Soliman be sentenced to 364 days in jail as a condition of probation, according to the release.

Soliman admitted that in November 2012, he submitted a fraudulent claim to Pacific Specialty Insurance Company for a barn he claimed was destroyed as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

"An investigation by the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor determined that, prior to Superstorm Sandy, the barn had been condemned by the local municipality prior to as being structurally unsafe," the release states. "Soliman admitted that he attempted to recoup the cost of hiring a local demolition firm to raze the barn by submitting the fraudulent insurance claim."

Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Ronald Chillemi is urging people who are concerned about insurance cheating relating to Super Storm Sandy and have information about a fraud to report it anonymously by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-877-55-FRAUD, or by visiting the web site at www.NJInsurancefraud.org. State regulations permit a reward to be paid to an eligible person who provides information that leads to an arrest, prosecution and conviction for insurance fraud.

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