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Law student learns real-life lesson: Insurance fraud is a crime


Perhaps a South River, New Jersey, man and law student skipped the chapter on insurance fraud.

MaCaulay Williams, 44, is facing three to five years of prison after filing a fraudulent insurance claim that he needed to recoup living expenses while his home was treated for mold, according to a report on Patch.com Thursday.

While the report did not state which law school he attends, perhaps he missed the lesson that living for free with your girlfriend doesn’t generate much in expenses; at least not the $31,500 he tried to collect from Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., as reported on the news site.

Mr. Williams filed fraudulent documents on an insurance policy with Liberty Mutual between May 1, 2013, and Dec. 5, 2013, submitting reimbursements for $1,500 a day for 21 days. The paperwork included proof of two checks he wrote to his girlfriend for rent to stay at her home. Meanwhile, an investigation revealed she never cashed them, according to the news outlet.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 13.