Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Division
of Criminal Justice Director Stephen J.
Taylor announced that an Essex County man
pleaded guilty today for his role in trafficking
what he believed was a stolen luxury automobile.
to Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Riza
Dagli, Ikim Williams, 38, of Newark, pleaded
guilty to an accusation charging him with
third-degree fencing before Superior Court
Judge Michael Petrolle in Essex County.
Petrolle scheduled sentencing for May 9.
Under the plea agreement, the state will
recommend that Williams be sentenced to
state prison. Third-degree crimes carry
a maximum sentence of five years in state
prison and a criminal fine of up to $15,000.
pleading guilty, Williams admitted that
on April 22, 2010, he trafficked in, or
supervised the trafficking of, a 2010 BMW
650i, belonging to BMW of North America.
Williams believed that the BMW, which was
on loan to the Office of the Insurance Fraud
Prosecutor as part of an undercover operation,
had been stolen. Williams admitted that
he arranged for Ibn Traynham to purchase
the car for $3,000.
was sentenced on Jan. 12 to six years in
state prison. The sentence is based on Traynham’s
Sept. 22 guilty plea to an accusation which
charged him with leading an auto theft trafficking
network, a second-degree crime.
Jarek Pyrzanowski and Deputy Attorney General
Nicole D. Rizzolo were assigned to the investigation.
Rizzolo represented the state at the guilty
plea hearing. Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor
Dagli thanked the Port Authority of New
York and New Jersey Police Department for
its assistance in the investigation.