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For Immediate Release:  
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September 15, 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 Mother and Daughter Sentenced for Selling Fictitious Motor Vehicle Documents

TRENTON - Division of Criminal Justice Director Vaughn L. McKoy announced that an Essex County mother and daughter have been sentenced for selling fictitious motor vehicle documents.

According to Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Greta Gooden-Brown, Kamillah Ali, 34, Vernon Avenue, Newark, Essex County, was sentenced by Essex County Superior Court Judge Michael J. Nelson to three years probation after pleading guilty on April 11 to three counts of sale of simulated documents and one count of simulating a motor vehicle insurance identification card. The charges were contained in an Oct. 15, 2004 State Grand Jury indictment. Ali’s mother, Julia Ali, pleaded guilty to a disorderly person offense of creating a nuisance charge and was ordered to pay court fines.

In pleading guilty before Judge Nelson, Kamilla Ali admitted that between Oct. 3 and Oct. 12, 2001, she sold fictitious motor vehicle-related documents from her home. An undercover State Investigator from the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor developed a relationship with Ali and was able to purchase fictitious documents on three separate occasions. Among the items Ali pleaded guilty to selling were a New Jersey driver’s license, a New Jersey automobile title, an automobile insurance identification card, and a social security card. The combined value of the items she pleaded guilty to selling was more than $1,100.

The Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor has uncovered an active black market trade bartering the sale of stolen and/or phony identity-related documents which include New Jersey drivers licenses and vehicle registrations, federal and state commercial drivers licenses, social security cards, and birth certificates. Stolen or counterfeit documents are sold for amounts ranging from several hundred to several thousand dollars each, and are used in 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. DAG Smith represented the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor at the Sept. 12 sentencing. The Conrail Police Department assisted in the investigation.

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