A South Jersey dad who falsely claimed his young twin sons had lengthy hospital stays so he could collect more than $140,000 from his insurer is now headed to prison.
State officials say Steven Herder received a three-year sentence Monday and also must pay restitution to the insurance company.
The 41-year-old Lindenwold man had pleaded guilty last month to insurance fraud.
Authorities say Herder filed five false insurance claims between June 2012 and November 2014.
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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.