- Associated Press - Monday, October 3, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey dad has admitted he falsely claimed his young twin sons had lengthy hospital stays so he could collect more than $140,000 from his insurer.

State officials announced Monday that Steven Herder has pleaded guilty to insurance fraud. The 41-year-old Lindenwold man faces a three-year prison term when he’s sentenced Nov. 4 and must pay $140,000 in restitution to his insurer.

Authorities say Herder filed five false insurance claims between June 2012 and November 2014. Four of the claims were paid, but the fifth was denied.

The claims sought payment for purported hospital stays - ranging from 11 weeks to 26 weeks - for one or the other of his sons. Authorities say Herder forged three doctors’ signatures on the fake hospital records he created on a computer.

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