WILKES-BARRE — The state Office of Attorney General refiled insurance fraud charges against three people accused of bilking an insurance company out of nearly $4,000.
Frank Capozzi Sr., 55, Krisandra Lee Strausser, 46, and Robert Monaco, 51, all of 465 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, surrendered Friday at the office of District Judge Rick Cronauer.
State agents allege Capozzi filed for insurance disability, claiming he was involved in a vehicle crash on April 1, 2011, and was unable to return to work.
Allstate insurance required Capozzi’s employer to complete a statement indicating Capozzi had not worked and will not work for a specific period of time.
The statement was returned to Allstate indicating Capozzi was employed by Hindi Beginnings as a mechanical engineer, with addresses listed as the South Franklin Street residence and a condemned property on Prince Street, Nanticoke, according to the criminal complaint.
Capozzi allegedly told investigators that Hindi Beginnings was formed in 2010, and was in the business of of remodeling older homes, designing websites, financial consulting and hosting a recording studio.
Monaco signed the statement on April 12, 2011, saying he was chief executive officer, and Strausser signed the statement on July 19, 2011, indicating she was president and chief executive officer, according to the complaints.
Allstate insurance investigators became wary of Capozzi when they noticed a newspaper article that reported Capozzi was awarded a snowplowing contact, earning $65 per hour, by Nanticoke City Council, in 2011.
Allstate allegedly paid Capozzi $3,802 in disability payments from April 2011 to October 2011, the complaints state.
Investigators allege Capozzi also received unemployment benefits during 2011.
The trio initially were charged by the Attorney General’s office in April. The case was dismissed by Cronauer at a preliminary hearing.
State agents notified Cronauer that they will be seeking a different district judge to preside over the preliminary hearing, which will be scheduled at a later date.
Capozzi, Strausser and Monaco each was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.
In an unrelated case, Capozzi is facing three firearm offenses because state agents allegedly found two .308-caliber rifles and a 12-gauge shotgun in his residence when a search warrant was issued on July 31, according to the complaint. Capozzi has a criminal record in New Jersey prohibiting him from owning and possessing firearms.
A preliminary hearing on the firearm offenses is scheduled on Tuesday before Cronauer.