TRENTON - Attorney General
Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director
Stephen J. Taylor announced that an Atlantic
County man has been indicted for allegedly
possessing a stolen vehicle with an altered
vehicle identification number (VIN).
According to Acting Insurance
Fraud Prosecutor John Kennedy, Eduardo A.
Gonzalez, 32, of Absecon, was charged with
receiving stolen property and alteration
of vehicle identification number, both in
the third degree.
The Atlantic County Grand
Jury indictment alleges that between Sept.
14, 2006 and Jan. 11, 2008, Gonzalez brought
a 2004 Toyota Camry into New Jersey knowing
that the vehicle had been stolen. It is
further alleged that Gonzalez knew the VIN
number of the 2004 Camry had been altered
for an illegal purpose.
Detectives Richard Lane
and Hector Montano, former Detective Barry
Riley and Deputy Attorney General Geraldine
D. Zidow were assigned to the investigation.
Zidow presented the case to the Atlantic
County grand jury. Acting Prosecutor Kennedy
thanked the National Insurance Crime Bureau
(NICB), the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
and 21st Century Insurance Company for their
assistance in the investigation. NICB referred
the matter to the Office of the Insurance
The indictment, which was
voted on May 11 but handed up today, is
merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed
innocent until proven guilty. Third-degree
crimes carry a maximum sentence of five
years in state prison and a criminal fine