Man charged with getting Sullivan County auto insurance rates on New York City-based businesses

Liberty – State Police have arrested a 51-year-old North Branch man on a charge of insurance fraud.

State Police and the state Insurance Frauds Bureau conducted an investigation involving false information provided to an insurance company by Edward Lama.

Police said Lama owns and operates two businesses in Brooklyn, yet he obtained insurance coverage for his vehicles by listing an address in the Town of Callicoon as the business location.

The phony business addresses defrauded the insurance company out of mover $3,000, authorities said.

Lama was arraigned and committed to the Sullivan County Jail on $3,000 bail.