Woman accused of insurance fraud


A New Hampshire grand jury has indicted a woman on two counts of insurance fraud. Crystal Polizzotti, 26, of Lowell, Mass., is accused of buying car insurance hours after an accident in Nashua and fraudulently submitting a claim for the accident, according to Attorney General Kelly Ayotte. Polizzotti was involved in an accident July 23, 2008, and later purchased an insurance policy from Progressive Direct, Ayotte said, that went into effect that day at 7:05 p.m. The indictments allege that twice the next day, in the morning and again in the afternoon, Polizzotti spoke to a Progressive insurance adjuster and knowingly gave false or misleading information indicating that the accident occurred after she purchased the policy, Ayotte said. Attorney Catherine Tucker said she couldn't comment on where or at what time the accident happened because that information isn't in the court's public record. The indictments alleged that the value of the claim was more than $1,000, Ayotte said. Polizzotti will be arraigned April 9 at Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua on the two Class A felonies. Each count carries a possible penalty of 7-1/2 to 15 years in prison and a $4,000 fine, Ayotte said. Polizzotti is also facing an indictment at the Hillsborough County Superior Court in Manchester on another court of insurance fraud for allegedly providing misleading information to another Progressive insurance adjustor, Ayotte said. - JOSEPH G. COTE
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