2013-08-01 / Front Page
Sandy fraud task force charges local contractor
The Monmouth County Superstorm Sandy Task Force has charged a Toms River man with providing a fraudulent insurance certificate and working as an unregistered contractor after state authorities revoked his registration, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.
Shane Wood, 48, of Sharon Drive in Toms River, was charged July 25 after an investigation by the Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force revealed that he subcontracted with a general contractor to perform roof repair work on a Monmouth Beach property in late January as the principal of Reliable Roofing and Siding, the prosecutor said.
The general contractor required Wood’s Reliable Roofing and Siding to provide a liability insurance certificate as proof that the company was covered for New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Insurance.
According to the prosecutor’s office, Wood transmitted a document purporting that Reliable Roofing and Siding was covered by the John Hill Insurance Co., but it was learned that Wood supplied a fraudulent document, according to the insurance company.
The general contractor contacted the Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force, prompting the investigation.
Wood is charged with forgery, uttering a forged instrument, failure to register with the state Division of Consumer Affairs, and failure to provide a written contract. He was released pending a future court date after posting $10,000 bail, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and state law.