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April 18, 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

 

Essex County Woman Pleads Guilty to Selling Fictitious Motor Vehicle Documents

TRENTON - Division of Criminal Justice Director Vaughn L. McKoy announced that an Essex County woman has pleaded guilty to charges filed by the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, including selling fictitious motor vehicle documents.

According to Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Greta Gooden-Brown, Kamillah Ali, 34, Vernon Avenue, Newark, Essex County, pleaded guilty to three counts of sale of simulated documents (3rd degree) and one count of simulating a motor vehicle insurance identification card (3rd degree). When sentenced on June 10, Ali faces up to 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to $45,000. The charges were contained in an Oct. 15, 2004 State Grand Jury indictment.

At the guilty plea, Ali admitted that between Oct. 3 and Oct. 12, 2001, she sold fictitious motor vehicle-related documents from her home. An investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor determined that on at least three occasions, Ali sold false documents, including two temporary registration tags, two automobile insurance identification cards, a New Jersey automobile title for a stolen vehicle, a New Jersey driver’s license, a social security card and a birth certificate.

An undercover investigator with the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor purchased the fictitious documents for more than $1,000. Investigative experience with similar cases has indicated that there is an active black market in New Jersey for identity related phony documents. Phony records are bought and sold every day to include Motor Vehicle Commission records such as drivers licenses, commercial drivers licenses, social security cards, vehicle registrations, and birth certificates. These records, which are sold for amounts ranging from several hundred to several thousand dollars each, are used for identity theft scams, phony insurance claims, thefts, and other illegal purposes.

State Investigators Luis Cruz and Joseph Waters, and Deputy Attorney General Jacqueline D. Smith were assigned to the investigation into this case. DAG Smith represented the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor at the guilty plea on April 11. Members of the Conrail Police Department and former State Investigator Anthony Abarno assisted in the investigation.

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