- Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced
that a Gloucester County man has been sentenced
for his role in a scheme to fraudulently report
his mother’s car stolen in an attempt
to collect insurance money.
G. DeSoto, 25, of Magnolia, was sentenced
yesterday (April 19) to 180 days in county
jail as a condition of three years of probation
by Superior Court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson.
DeSoto was also ordered to pay a $1,000
fine. DeSoto’s sentence was based
on his Feb. 21 guilty plea to third-degree
insurance fraud. The charge was contained
in a Gloucester County grand jury indictment
returned on Aug. 3, 2011.
pleading guilty, DeSoto admitted that June
2 and June 18, 2007, he committed insurance
fraud by falsely reporting to the Woodbury
Police Department that his mother’s
2003 Honda had been stolen. DeSoto submitted
a fraudulent auto theft claim with the Liberty
Mutual Insurance Company and attempted to
obtain approximately $13,500 for the purported
theft, even though he knew that the car
had not been stolen.
Attorney General Dianne C. DiGiamber Deal
represented the Office of the Insurance
Fraud Prosecutor at the plea and sentencing.
Deputy Attorneys General Joan M. Burke,
Detective Terrence Buie and Civil Investigator
Frank Crosson were assigned to the investigation
into this case. Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor
Ronald Chillemi thanked Liberty Mutual Insurance
Company for referring the matter to the
Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.
He also thanked Liberty Mutual Insurance
Company, the Philadelphia Police Department
and the Woodbury, New Jersey Police Department
for their assistance in the investigation.
Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Chillemi noted
that some important cases have started with
anonymous tips. People who are concerned
about insurance cheating and have information
about a fraud can report it anonymously
by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-877-55-FRAUD,
or visiting the Web site at www.NJInsurancefraud.org.
State regulations permit a reward to be
paid to an eligible person who provides
information that leads to an arrest, prosecution
and conviction for insurance fraud.