Guilty verdict in Nunez insurance fraud case

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KINGSTON – Former Kingston dentist Gilberto Nunez, 49, has been
convicted of grand larceny, insurance fraud and five counts of falsifying
business records, all of which are felonies.

The conviction came at the conclusion of a trial before Ulster County
Court Judge Donald Williams.

Nunez, a resident of Poughkeepsie, faces up to 2 1/3 to seven years in
state prison on each grand larceny count and insurance fraud, and up to
1 1/3 to four years in state prison on each of the five counts of falsifying
business records.

Prosecutors argued at trial that Nunez had stolen $8,400 from the Preferred
Mutual Insurance Company by filing false documents in support of his claim
for payment on an insurance policy for a February 20, 2014 fire occurring
in a building he owned at 381-385 Washington Avenue in Kingston.

In those false documents, Nunez claimed he had lost rental income due
to the fire.

Prosecutors argued that the building had no paying tenants at the time
of the fire.

Nunez had previously been convicted of two counts of criminal possession
of a forged instrument following a previous jury trial before Judge Williams
in June 2016.

Nunez faces up to 2 1/3 to seven years in state prison for each of those
convictions.

It was proven at trial that Nunez had possessed, with intent to defraud,
a false CIA identification card and false letter purportedly from the
CIA.

Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler’s Office had been
appointed special prosecutor to investigate and prosecute the charges,
which were the subject of the two trials, as well as charges pertaining
to false statements Nunez allegedly has made while applying for a pistol
permit.

He is currently charged with perjury on the pistol permit application
and is expected to appear in Ulster County Court on November 10 in connection
with a pre-trial hearing.