Thursday, November 12, 2009

Endicott man accused of insurance fraud

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An Endicott man was charged with insurance fraud in connection with a motorcycle that he reported stolen, according to the state Insurance Department.

Robert J. Wagner, 31, of Adams Street was arrested Nov. 6 by Endicott police following an investigation by Mark S. Howard of the Insurance Department's Frauds Bureau.

Wagner is accused of selling the motorcycle five months after reporting it stolen to State Farm Insurance Co. The fraud was discovered when another person attempted to obtain a title and register the motorcycle, the insurance department said. Wagner was never paid for the claim he filed.

Wagner faces up to seven years in prison if he is convicted. A hearing will be scheduled in Broome County Court.