Milton man indicted on insurance fraud, other felony charges
KINGSTON >> A Milton insurance agent was indicted by an Ulster County grand jury on multiple felony charges, the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Robert Bari, 37, was indicted for the felonies insurance fraud, grand larceny, criminal possession of a forged instrument and falsifying business records, according to a press release.
On June 24, Bari was arrested by state police at Highland at the state police barracks, 212 state Route 299, in Lloyd and was charged with insurance fraud involving more than $3,000 and with insurance fraud involving more than $50,000, both felonies, and with tax fraud, a misdemeanor.
The jury said between Jan. 11, 2012, and Dec. 13, 2013, Bari defrauded the AFLAC Insurance Company by submitting numerous fraudulent disability claim forms and receiving benefits to which he was not entitled. Additionally, the indictment alleges that between Dec. 10, 2012, and Sept. 15, 2013, Bari defrauded AFLAC by submitting fraudulent policy applications, thereby receiving commissions from AFLAC which he was not entitled to receive.
The case was investigated by the state Department of Financial Services in conjunction with the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office, the press release states.
Bari’s defendant’s arraignment will take place at a yet to be determined date in Ulster County Court, according to the district attorney. Bari is currently not in custody.
Also indicted Tuesday were:
Robert Vitale, age and address not provided, who was indicted for the felonies of criminal contempt, aggravated family offense (two counts), criminal mischief and drunken driving. On Oct. 29, Vitale was arrested by state police at Highland at 12:07 a.m. on U.S. Route 9W and charged with felony drunken driving and moving from lane unsafely and with refusing a breath test, both infractions.
Also on Oct. 28 at 11:30 p.m., Ulster County Sheriff’s deputies said they responded to a domestic dispute in a parking lot on Broadway in Port Ewen and found Vitale had intentionally damaged the victim’s vehicle in violation of an order of protection. Deputies said he fled the scene but was found about 30 minutes later by state police at Highland, who charged him.
Tyrell Scott, age not provided, of New Paltz, was indicted for the felony of aggravated family offense and the misdemeanors of resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration. Scott was arrested June 6 by New Paltz police on Main Street and was charged with aggravated unlicensed driving, a felony; drunken driving and driving with a suspended registration, both misdemeanors; and with multiple vehicle and traffic infractions.