On Sept. 28, Sergeant of Montclair State University Campus Police, Christopher Angst, was arrested and charged by summons for alleged insurance fraud.
Angst, the owner of C&E Professional Painting LLC, was flagged by the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor of Morris County for alleged insurance fraud.
A press release shared by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office states Angst expressed to a client that his business was insured when it indeed was not. Michael McFadden, an insurance agent with Insurance Associates, made false documents that stated Angst had a workman’s comp coverage policy.
“Further investigation revealed McFadden had allegedly created false documents claiming Angst had a workman’s comp coverage policy, when in fact, the defendant did not have a workman’s comp insurance policy,” the press release said.
Tyler Grecio, a first-year graduate student studying athletic training, believes Montclair State should take a deeper look into the investigation.
“I mean, if he works here I guess that maybe Montclair [State] could look more into the people that they’re hiring,” Grecio said. “Check out their backgrounds a little bit, make sure that everyone’s legitimate and that everyone’s running their businesses legitimately on campus here.”
Grecio believes Angst should have been more honest regarding his business.
“I’d say that I probably wouldn’t recommend him, I probably wouldn’t use him,” Grecio said. “I don’t know, some people aren’t the most honest of people and you just have to make that kind of decision for yourself when you talk with people or when you consider people for your painting jobs.”
Madison Klein, a senior filmmaking major, states that Angst should have done the right thing by paying for insurance, rather than trying to allegedly make more money illegally.
“It’s kind of, a little stand off-ish to work at a college where students struggle to pay their tuition and it takes years and years to get rid of our debt here and he’s just like ‘Oh, I’m just gonna get more money by not paying taxes,'” Klein said. “The juxtaposition between those two is like come on now, like we’re over here struggling to actually just learn to get a job and he’s just like ‘Oh I’m just gonna not do the regular public idea of just you know, paying the taxes that you need for the town.'”
Ashley Wallis, a sophomore music education major, believes as a Sergeant of the Montclair State Police Department, Angst should be monitoring the law.
“I mean that’s not cool as he’s like supposed to be like one of the people that’s like controlling and like monitoring the law, so I mean good that he got arrested for [allegedly] doing illegal stuff.”
After a thorough investigation, Angst has been charged on multiple counts.
“Angst has been charged by summons complaint with one count of fourth-degree Falsifying/Tampering with Records, in violation of 2C:21-4(a); one count of third-degree Insurance Fraud, in violation of 2C:21-4.6(a); one count of fourth-degree Failure to Provide Worker’s Comp, in violation of 34:15-79(a); one count of fourth-degree Forgery – Uttering Any Writing Known to be Forged, in violation of 2C:21-1(a)(3); and one count of third-degree Conspiracy to Commit Insurance Fraud, in violation of 2C:5-2,” the press release said.
The Montclarion reached out to Andrew Mees, media relations director and The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and no comment has been made at this time.