Marcin Gradziel, 34, of Lake Worth, Florida and who lived in Pennsylvania at the time the scheme took place, previously pleaded guilty to second-degree insurance fraud, Hoffman said.
Gradziel admitted he caused fraudulent property damage claims to be submitted for damage suffered by three homes in Camden and Gloucester counties, Hoffman said. He did so on behalf of Precision Network Solutions, d.b.a. Precision Builders, of Voorhees. Claims were submitted to Traveler’s Insurance Company.
An investigation determined Gradziel was involved in a group that canvassed neighborhoods, advising homeowners they needed new roofs and siding at no cost due to damage created by hail. Multiple homeowners told investigators they were unaware of any damage done to their homes prior to being approached by Precision Builders, according to Hoffman.
Investigators determined that Gradziel visited the homes and intentionally caused damage to them prior to an adjuster’s inspection, Hoffman said.
“Homeowners have enough to deal with without con artists inflicting unwarranted damage onto their homes and causing an unnecessary financial burden,” Hoffman said in a prepared statement. “The lengthy sentence imposed today serves as a reminder that committing insurance fraud in New Jersey can, and will, lead to prison.”
“The Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor will continue to work hand-in-hand with insurance companies to identify fraudulent schemes such as this one so that valuable resources are not diverted for illegal purposes,” Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Ronald Chillemi said in the statement.
Dominik Sadowski, 37, of Sellersville, Pennsylvania, previously pleaded guilty to third degree insurance fraud in connection with this case, Hoffman said.
Precision Builders previously pleaded guilty to second-degree insurance fraud in connection with this case. The group paid $68,720 in restitution before being sentenced, and went out of business as a result.