- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - State officials say a New Jersey father falsely claimed his young twin sons had lengthy hospital stays so he could collect more than $140,000 from his insurer.

The state Attorney General’s office says Steven Herder faces numerous counts, including insurance fraud and theft by deception. The 40-year-old Lindenwold man could face several decades in prison if he’s convicted.

Authorities say the charges stem from five insurance claims Herder filed 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 that he created on a computer.

It wasn’t known Wednesday if Herder has retained an attorney.

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