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Update: Montclair University Cop/Contractor Charged with Insurance Fraud Agrees to Pretrial Intervention Program

We previously reported that in November 2023, Christopher Angst of Long Valley, NJ, a Montclair University Police Officer and owner of C&E Professional Painting LLC, and Michael McFadden of New Milford, NJ, an insurance agent with Insuranze Associates in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, were charged with workers’ compensation fraud. An investigation showed that McFadden had allegedly created false documents claiming Angst had a workers’ compensation policy, when in fact, he did not have a policy, and in exchange for the fraudulent workers’ compensation policy documents, Angst gave McFadden a gold Police Benevolent Association card. You can read that full article here.


Lori Comstock of provided an update in this case regarding Angst, indicating that he successfully avoided jail time by agreeing to the terms of the pretrial intervention program on June 17, 2024 before state Superior Court judge, Judge Ralph Amirata, in Morris County, NJ. “Following successful completion of a 12-month probationary term, the charges against Angst will be dismissed, Amirata stated. Angst is also barred from future public employment, including as a police officer,” said Comstock.


Comstock also indicated that, “Angst did not admit guilt during the short court hearing and will be monitored by the court and undergo various programs for rehabilitation through the pretrial intervention program, or PTI, which is offered to first-time offenders based on a number of statutory guidelines.”


McFadden’s case is still pending.

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