South River Man Found Guilty of Insurance Fraud, Attempted Theft

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced that a South River man was found guilty by a jury for insurance fraud and attempted theft by deception for submitting fraudulent insurance claims to Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.   According to authorities, MaCaulay Williams, 44, of South River was found guilty on June 1st of one count of insurance fraud in the third degree and one count of attempted theft by deception in the third degree for falsely filing a claim to Liberty Mutual Insurance Company seeking $31,500 for reimbursement of living expenses while his South River home was being treated for mold.   During the two-week trial that began on May 22, 2018, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Jody Carbone presented evidence and testimony showing that Williams, a law student at the time, submitted a fraudulent claim to Liberty Mutual Insurance Company for living expenses he incurred while his home was being cleared of mold.   An investigation by Detective Ryan Tighe of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that between May 1, 2013 and December 5, 2013, Williams made false submissions regarding a claim for reimbursement pursuant to an insurance policy with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. The claim he submitted was for $1,500 a day for 21 days; in the form of two checks he wrote to his girlfriend for rent to stay at her home. It was determined that the two checks he submitted to the insurance company were written but never cashed.   The investigations were initiated by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, which has implemented a comprehensive and statewide insurance fraud crackdown through its County Prosecutor Insurance Fraud Reimbursement Program.   Officials say Williams is facing a prison term of three to five years when he is sentenced in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves on July 13th.