A New Jersey Postal employee has been charged with stealing the identities of other Postal workers to file fraudulent insurance claims according to NJ Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino.
rance fraud, identity theft, and trafficking in stolen identities for allegedly obtaining the personal information of others and using it to manufacture phony identification cards and file four fraudulent insurance claims totaling more than $14,000. He was also indicted on third-degree charges of theft by deception and attempted theft by deception in the indictment handed up by a state grand jury in Trenton on Friday.
According to prosecutors, the investigation into Allen’s alleged criminal activities began when he was stopped by US Customs and Border Protection officers while trying to gain re-entry into the United States after a one-day trip to Canada in September 2013.
A subsequent investigation revealed that Allen possessed more than 50 documents containing personal identifying information of other individuals, including Social Security numbers, falsified drivers licenses, insurance policy applications, bills and bank account information, without authorization. The case was referred to the Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor early last year.
Allen is being charged with falsely assuming the identity of five individuals, including one current and three former postal employees, to defraud various insurance companies between September 1, 2012 and September 19, 2013. He allegedly used the identities of the three postal workers and another person to obtain four fraudulent insurance policies in their names.
“This defendant exploited his position as a government employee to gain access to the personal information of others, which he then allegedly parlayed into a series of false identities used to carry out his crimes,” said Attorney General Porrino. “It is especially disturbing that he callously preyed on fellow postal workers as unwitting pawns in his criminal enterprise.”