Carlstadt, NJ News

Carlstadt Mayor and ex-wife indicted for misuse of borough's health insurance benefits

Mayor William Roseman of Carlstadt, New Jersey
Carlstadt Mayor William Roseman
CARLSTADT, NJ - A Bergen County Grand Jury has handed up a three count indictment against William Roseman, the Mayor of the Borough of Carlstadt, and his former spouse, Lori Lewin.

The indictment charges Roseman and Lewin with 3rd degree conspiracy to commit theft by deception (a 3rd degree offense), theft by deception (a 3rd degree offense), and official misconduct (a 2nd degree offense).

In January 2008, the Confidential Investigations Unit of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office began an investigation into allegations that William Roseman, the Mayor of the Borough of Carlstadt, still had his former spouse, Lori Lewin, enrolled in the Borough of Carlstadt's medical and prescription plans.

The investigation concluded that Roseman and Lewin were divorced in July 2000, and that Roseman had an obligation to notify the Borough's benefits administrator, Insurance Design Administrators (IDA) of Oakland, New Jersey, within sixty days of the divorce.

The state alleges that Mayor Roseman failed to notify IDA of the divorce until the end of January 2008, and allowed Lori Lewin to remain on the Borough's benefits plan. From the date of divorce in July 2000 through January 2008, Lori Lewin allegedly obtained prescription benefits in excess of $7,000.00 under the Borough of Carlstadt's prescription benefits plan. She also allegedly received benefits under the Borough's medical benefits plan through 2003.

The state alleges that in addition to not notifying IDA of the divorce, William Roseman did not notify IDA of his change of address in 2001, when he moved out of his residence to another location. William Roseman continued to receive in the mail at his former marital residence the explanation of benefits from IDA until January 2008, some seven years after he moved.

The state further alleges that as Mayor of the Borough of Carlstadt, William Roseman presided over Council meetings where funding for the Borough's medical and prescription plans was approved, while at the same time, Lori Lewin was allowed to remain on the benefits plan by the Mayor.

William Roseman and Lori Lewin will be scheduled to appear for arraignment on the Indictment in Superior Court in about four weeks. They are facing up to ten years in prison if convicted on the most serious offense, 2nd degree official misconduct.


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