- Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal
Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced
that a Newark man pleaded guilty today for
attempting to steal automobiles from a storage
lot of the Port Authority of New York &
to Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Riza
Dagli, Dwan Matto, 31, who is currently
incarcerated in the Monmouth County Jail
on unrelated charges, pleaded guilty to
an accusation which charged him with third-degree
attempted theft by unlawful taking or disposition
before Superior Court Judge Ronald Lee Reisner
in Monmouth County.
Reisner scheduled sentencing for April 29.
Under the plea agreement, the Office of
the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor will recommend
that Matto be sentenced to three years in
pleading guilty, Matto admitted that on
April 13, 2010, he attempted to steal a
2010 Cadillac CTS valued at $43,040 and
a 2010 Dodge Challenger valued at $28,125,
from a storage lot of the Port Authority
of New York and New Jersey. Matto was arrested
after he was observed in the Port Authority
Auto Terminal and chased into the adjacent
Jarek Pyrzanowski and Deputy Attorney General
Nicole D. Rizzolo were assigned to the investigation.
Rizzolo represented the Office of the Insurance
Fraud Prosecutor at the guilty plea hearing.
Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Dagli
thanked the Port Authority of New York and
New Jersey Police Department and the CSX
Transportation Police Department for their
assistance in the investigation.