Bloomberg News yesterday carried a report of a court filing alleging that AIG reported a claimant to Homeland Security in order to avoid paying a verdict that now amounts, with interest, to $3 million.
The worker, Aleksander Janda, was arrested today on charges related to using someone else’s Social Security number, including identity theft, said Helen Peterson, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. In February, Janda won the $2.7 million jury verdict from a property owner for an injury he received after falling 12 feet onto a cement floor while working. In a letter last month, a lawyer for Janda told the judge that AIG contacted Queens prosecutors to get Janda arrested and deported. AIG is the insurer for the property owner.
“It was AIG who contacted the Queens District Attorney’s office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in an effort to have the plaintiff arrested on criminal charges and then deported,” the worker’s lawyer, Brett J. Nomberg of Brand Brand Nomberg & Rosenbaum LLP in New York, wrote May 29 to the state court judge in charge of the case, Bernice D. Siegal.
Marie Ali, an AIG spokeswoman, declined to comment.
After the Feb. 17 verdict, the property owner asked the judge to set aside the award and order a new trial, Nomberg said in a phone interview. If Janda is deported, he won’t be able to appear at the new trial, Nomberg said.