A Westbury contractor has been charged with forging insurance documents that falsely stated that his business had liability and workers’ compensation coverage.
Michael Ribarich, 41, was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.
Prosecutors said that in May 2010, Ribarich’s company, Advantage Remodeling, Inc., was hired as a subcontractor to perform carpentry work at a Head of the Harbor home inSuffolkCounty. Ribarich presented the lead contractor, who hired his company, with a falsified Accord certificate that stated that he had workers’ compensation and liability insurance.
A July 2011 premium audit of the lead contractor by the New York State Insurance Fund, and subsequent investigation by the Fund’s Fraud Bureau and the DA’s Office, revealed that Ribarich’s Accord certificate was a forgery and that he has never had an insurance policy with the New York State Insurance Fund. In fact, the policy number that Ribarich used on his forged statement belonged to a painting company whose policy was cancelled in August 2009, prosecutors said.”