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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Owner of Hudson insurance firm accused of theft

NASHUA – The owner of a Hudson insurance company faces felony theft charges alleging that he bilked several businesses by taking money for insurance that he never purchased, court records show.

Stephen Drohan, 47, of 21 Springwood Circle, Hudson, was indicted last week on 14 felony theft charges and a forgery charge, alleging that he stole at least $72,000 from seven different businesses, mainly trucking companies, over the past two years.

The prosecutor, Senior Attorney General Catherine Bernhard, declined to comment on the case Monday, saying the indictments “speak for themselves.”

Drohan could not be reached for comment Monday.

According to public records, Drohan is related to Scott Drohan, 47, who admitted last summer to a federal wire fraud charge alleging that he pocketed some $140,000 in workers compensation premiums from a local company.

Scott Drohan pleaded guilty July 27 in U.S. District Court, but remains free on bail while awaiting sentencing, now scheduled for Jan. 27, 2011, court records show. Federal prosecutors agreed to seek a sentence of no more than 27 months in Scott Drohan’s case, court records show.

Scott Drohan admitted to misappropriating funds through his payroll service company, Juskel Services, failing to pay insurance premiums and taxes for Burke Rehold, a Billerica, Mass., trucking company.

While free on bail, Scott Drohan also was charged in Massachusetts with bilking homeowners through another company, Scott Drohan Tile & Construction, taking money for jobs he never finished.

Several family members worked for Scott Drohan’s Juskel Services company at 20 Robin Drive, Hudson, but Stephen Drohan wasn’t among them, according to court records.

Stephen Drohan did business from his home as SJD Insurance Agency, and according to the indictments, he took thousands of dollars of money from several businesses that was meant for insurance policies in 2009 and 2010.

According to court records, Stephen Drohan’s victims include CCN Enterprises, Inc., of Merrimack; Otis Garnett Trucking of Mont Vernon; Kruger Excavation and Trucking of Pembroke; Rangley Enterprises LLC of Kingston; Crisp Contracting LLC of Nashua; Z.M. Zahn and Sons of Milford; and J&A&E Transport, address unknown.

In one case, Drohan is accused of forging a company official’s signature on some insurance documents.

In other cases, he is charged simply with theft, but several of the 14 charges appear to be alternative versions, charging the same alleged offense.

The Better Business Bureau gives SJD Insurance a “B-” rating, citing one unresolved complaint and a lack of information on the company.

Andrew Wolfe can be reached at 594-6410 or awolfe@nashuatelegraph.com