Michael J. Stillman, 49, Waupaca, is charged with filing a fraudulent insurance claim.
On Oct. 6, 2013, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Strobusch was dispatched to Stillman’s home on Duvenick Lane in the town of Farmington. Stillman reported that someone made forced entry into his garage and stole tools.
On July 8, Detective Sgt. James Gorman spoke with a man who accused Tillman of filing a fraudulent insurance claim and a false police report.
Gorman then spoke with an investigator with Liberty Mutual Insurance who said Stillman had made two claims, the first in July 2011 for $3,000 and a second claim for $20,000 in October 2013.
The insurance company had not paid out on the second claim due to inconsistencies, according to the criminal complaint.
On July 15, Strobusch met with Stillman and questioned him about the burglary that he reported in October 2013.
The deputy told Stillman that he had information the report was false and that he had filed the insurance claim to avoid a pending foreclosure on his home.
Stillman reportedly said he inflated the list of stolen items because the last time he had been burglarized, he felt the insurance company had not compensated him fairly. He then said he had been injured and lost his job, the complaint says.
Investigators say Stillman made $9,310 in fraudulent claims.