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Indictment: NJ man made false storm insurance claim

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A grand jury has indicted a central New Jersey man on insurance fraud charges after he claimed Superstorm Sandy destroyed his barn.

Farouk Soliman, 73, of Little Silver, also faces theft by deception charges in the indictment unsealed Monday.

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman said Soliman submitted an insurance claim in November 2012 for a barn he said was destroyed by a falling tree when Sandy hit on October 29, 2012. But investigators learned the barn had been condemned in February 2012 for being structurally unsafe.

"Given the impact Superstorm Sandy had on the lives of New Jersey residents, we will not allow deceitful opportunists to take advantage of this crisis and add to the economic harm suffered by the State and its residents," Hoffman said. "The three Superstorm Sandy-related indictments filed by this office in the last three weeks are strong indicators of how serious this administration takes these shameful crimes."

Soliman allegedly was seeking to recoup the $5,500 he paid to raze the barn, authorities said.

Soliman faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted on both counts.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press/WNYW

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