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Flanders Man Sentenced for Stealing Over $300K in Funds Meant for Employees’ Health Care Premiums

By kcora on
Flanders

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor announced that a Morris County man today was sentenced to three years in prison for misappropriating more than $300,000 in client funds – intended to fund the client’s employee health insurance plan – to support his ailing business.

William Boudreau, president of Managed Benefits Plans (MBP) in Hackettstown, was also required to pay $50,000 in restitution at his sentencing before Warren County Superior Court Judge Matthew Curry.

In October, Boudreau, 69, of Flanders, pleaded guilty to second-degree theft by failure to make required disposition of property received for stealing $331,800 intended to cover the employee health premiums for his client, Putnam Savings Bank. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a charge of second-degree misapplication of entrusted property.

In May 2009, MBP was hired as the third-party administrator for Putnam Savings Bank. As part of the agreement, Putnam required Boudreau to consolidate all of the Empire Blue Cross health insurance premium bills for its employees into a “global” bill. MBP would send the bill to Putnam, and Putnam would then pay MBP for the total premium charges. MBP was then responsible for paying all of the individual bills to Empire.

In 2011, MBP began losing money, and instead of paying Putnam’s insurance premiums, Boudreau spent the money to keep his business afloat. Despite illegally funneling Putnam’s money into MBP, Boudreau’s company was insolvent by December 1, 2011

Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Iu noted that some important cases have started with anonymous tips. People who are concerned about insurance cheating and have information about a fraud can report it anonymously by calling the toll‑free hotline at 1‑877‑55‑FRAUD, or 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.