A Monmouth County grand jury has indicted a Toms River man and charged him with performing fraudulent Hurricane Sandy rebuilding work, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.
The Toms River man has been charged 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 "Shaine" Wood, 48, is charged in the indictment with fourth degree counts of forgery, uttering a forged instrument, failure to register with the state Division of Consumer Affairs and failure to provide a written contract.
Fourth degree offenses carry a maximum 18-month prison term, if convicted.
Wood was arrested in July after an investigation by the Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force revealed he sub-contracted with a general contractor to perform roof repair work on a Monmouth Beach property in late-January 2013 as the principal of Reliable Roofing and Siding.
The general contractor required Wood’s Reliable Roofing and Siding to provide a Certificate of Liability Insurance reflecting Wood’s company was covered for New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Insurance. Wood transmitted a document purporting Reliable Roofing and Siding was covered by the John Hill Insurance Company, but later learned Wood supplied a fraudulent document according to the insurance company.
The general contractor contacted the Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force prompting the criminal investigation.
Wood was released 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.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Andrew S. Fried, of the Office’s Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Bureau and coordinator of the Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force.