- Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Acting
Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Ronald Chillemi
announced that a New Jersey man was sentenced
today for his role in a stolen vehicle ring.
to Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Chillemi,
Reginald E. Lee, Jr., 38, of Elizabeth,
was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Paul
M. DePascale in Hudson County to three years
in state prison. The sentence was based
on Lee’s Oct. 3 guilty plea to second-degree
receiving stolen property. Lee was charged
in a June 3, 2011 state grand jury indictment.
pleading guilty, Lee admitted that between
Aug. 15 and Oct. 16, 2006, he was in possession
of stolen vehicles valued at a total of
approximately $243,645, knowing that the
vehicles had been or believed to have been
stolen. The stolen vehicles included: a
2001 Honda Accord; a 2006 Kawasaki ZX636
motorcycle; a 2003 Dodge Ram 50; a 1998
Land Rover Discovery; a 2003 Ford Econoline
Conversion Van; a 1998 Toyota 4Runner; a
2004 Ford Econoline Conversion Van; a 1999
Mercedes Benz E430; a 2002 Subaru WRX; a
2005 Infinity FX35; a 2006 Dodge Charger;
a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica; a 2004 BMW M5;
a 2004 Ford Explorer; and a 2006 Audi A3.
charge was the result of an undercover investigation
by the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor
into a stolen vehicle ring. The investigation
involved detectives from the Office of the
Insurance Fraud Prosecutor working in an
undercover capacity to purchase stolen vehicles.
Sergeant Jarek Pyrzanowski and Deputy Attorney
General Steven Bennet were assigned to the
investigation. Earlier investigation tasks
were completed by Detectives Johnny Ho and
Jose Vendas, formerly of the Division of
Criminal Justice, and Detective Toni Petreski.
Deputy Attorney General Bennet represented
the state at the sentencing.