Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Acting Insurance
Fraud Prosecutor Ronald Chillemi announced
that a former Hudson County insurance producer
was sentenced today for failing to remit insurance
premiums to insurance carriers.
to Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Chillemi,
Jose D. Uribe, 44, of Union City, was sentenced
to three years of probation by Superior
Court Judge Paul M. DePascale. The amount
of restitution that Uribe will be ordered
to pay will be determined at a restitution
hearing in February. The sentence was based
on Uribe’s guilty plea to a criminal
accusation which charged him with third-degree
theft by deception.
March 31, the New Jersey Department of Banking
and Insurance revoked the insurance producer
licenses of Uribe and his company and ordered
him to pay $92,500 in fines.
the May 23 guilty plea hearing, Uribe, a
former insurance producer for the now-defunct
Inter America Insurance Agency, LLC, admitted
that between May 30, 2003 and Feb. 22, 2010,
he obtained $76,819 in insurance premiums
from seven clients by creating the false
impression that he was remitting the monies
to insurance carriers to secure commercial
automobile insurance. In reality, he did
not remit the premium payments to the insurance
Attorney General Nicole D. Rizzolo and Detective
Earl Washington were assigned to the investigation.
Rizzolo represented the state at the sentencing.
Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Chillemi
thanked Detective Sgt. Mary Reinke and Assistant
Prosecutor Michael Zevits of the Hudson
County Prosecutor’s Office, Deputy
Attorney General William Puskas of the Department
of Law and Public Safety’s Division
of Law, and Investigator Daxesh "Anil"
Patel of the Department of Banking and Insurance
for their assistance in the investigation.