Insurance Broker Gets 15 Years in New Jersey Schools Theft

Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) -- A Maryland insurance broker was sentenced to 15 years in prison for stealing almost $2.6 million by submitting fraudulent bills to the Perth Amboy, New Jersey, board of education.

Francis Gartland, 71, of Baltimore, also stole $216,495 from the city of Perth Amboy in payments for a nonexistent wellness program, according to a release from the office of New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa.

“This crooked broker stole millions of dollars from the Perth Amboy School District, which needed the money to educate its children,” Chiesa said in the release. “This is the worst type of corruption.”

Gartland pleaded guilty in April to first-degree money laundering and second-degree theft by deception. He and his companies, including Gartland and Co. Inc. and Federal Hill Risk Management LLC, were ordered to pay restitution in the amounts stolen. He was sentenced to state prison in New Jersey by Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz in Middlesex County.

Gartland was the broker for health-benefits insurance for the board of education and acted on the board’s behalf with insurance carriers, according to the release.

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