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For Immediate Release:  
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January 20, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Division of Criminal Justice
- Vaughn L. McKoy, Director
Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor
- Greta Gooden Brown, Insurance Fraud Prosecutor

 

Rachel Sacharow
609-984-1936

 
 

Hudson County Man Sentenced in $10,400 Insurance Fraud Auto
“Give Up” Scam


TRENTON - Division of Criminal Justice Director Vaughn L. McKoy and Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Greta Gooden-Brown announced that a Hudson County man has been sentenced for his role in an automobile “give up” scam.

According to Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Gooden-Brown, Israel Rivera, 34, Second Street, Jersey City, Hudson County, was ordered by Hudson County Superior Court Judge Peter J. Vasquez to pay $10, 400 in restitution and to serve five-years probation. In addition, Rivera was ordered to pay a $5,000 civil fine. Rivera was sentenced after pleading guilty to a criminal Accusation filed by the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor which charged insurance fraud (3rd degree).

At the Nov. 8, 2004 guilty plea, Rivera admitted that in July 2003 to falsely reporting to the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company that his 2001 Honda Civic had been stolen. An investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor determined that Rivera subsequently submitted an automobile insurance theft claim in the amount of $10,398. The insurance claim was paid by Liberty Mutual to satisfy the car loan and towing and storage charges.

An investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor determined that Rivera’s car was found in Philadelphia prior to the date he reported the theft of the vehicle to Liberty Mutual. Fraud investigators assigned to Liberty Mutual became suspicious of the claim and referred the case to the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.

State Investigator George Meyers, Jr., Civil Investigator Frank Crosson, and Deputy Attorney General Frank L. Holstein were assigned to the investigation. DAG Holstein represented the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor at the sentencing.

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