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April 28, 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 Man Pleads Guilty to Automobile Theft

TRENTON - Division of Criminal Justice Director Vaughn L. McKoy announced that an Essex County man has pleaded guilty to receiving stolen automobiles worth more than $75,000.

According to Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Greta Gooden-Brown, Anthony C. Josephs, 27, of Norwood Street, Newark, pleaded guilty before Essex County Superior Court Judge Paul J. Vichness to a criminal Accusation filed by the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor. The Accusation charged Josephs with receiving stolen property (2nd degree). When sentenced on July 25, Josephs faces up to ten years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000. Josephs may also face civil insurance fraud fines pursuant to the Insurance Fraud Prevention Act.

At the guilty plea hearing, Josephs admitted that between December 2002 and January 2004, he received stolen cars including a 2004 Cadillac Escalade and a 2000 Porsche Boxter. The combine value of the stolen cars was more than $75,000. An investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor determined that Josephs and others would appear at dealerships, test drive expensive cars, and switch the real ignition key to the cars with a fake key. Later, they would return to the dealership and use the real ignition key to steal the cars. Included among the victims in this case is Gold Cadillac in Oakhurst, Monmouth County.

State Investigators Jarek Pyrzanowski and Jeffrey Lorman, and Deputy Attorney General Marysol Rosero were assigned to the investigation. DAG Rosero represented the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor at the guilty plea hearing on April 20. Members of the Livingston and Summit Police Departments assisted in the investigation. The case was referred to the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor by the Summit Police Department.

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