- Attorney General Zulima V. Farber and
Division of Criminal Justice Director Gregory
A. Paw announced that a Staten Island
man pled guilty for his
role in an auto theft scam.
to Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Greta Gooden
Brown, Lukasz Zalewski, 30, of Staten Island,
N.Y., pled guilty yesterday afternoon
before Superior Court Judge Scott J. Moynihan
in Union County to an accusation charging
him with second-degree receiving stolen
property. Under the plea agreement with
the state, he faces a sentence of up to
four years in prison.
admitted that in June 2002, in Cranford,
N.J., he had possession of seven vehicles
that he knew were stolen: a 2002 Jeep Limited,
a 2001 BMW 330, a 2001 Audi S4, a 2002 Jeep
Grand Cherokee, a 2002 GMC Denali, and two
2002 Cadillac Escalades. Zalewski admitted
that he possessed the automobiles in order
to re-tag them with altered vehicle identification
numbers or chop them into parts.
investigation was handled
by State Investigators Jarek Pyrzanowski
and Jeffrey Lorman and Deputy Attorney General
Michael A. Monahan, with assistance from
the Cranford Police Department. Monahan
represented the Office of Insurance Fraud
Prosecutor at the guilty plea hearings.
insurance fraud investigations lead to evidence
of stolen automobiles and alteration of
automobile VINs,” said Insurance Fraud
Prosecutor Brown. “This office will
continue to follow evidence of fraud and
theft wherever it leads.”
Brown noted that some important cases have
begun with anonymous tips from the public.
People who are concerned about insurance
cheating and have any information about
a fraud can report it anonymously by calling
our toll-free hotline at 1-877-55-FRAUD,
or visit our Web site at www.NJInsuranceFraud.org.
State regulations permit an award to be
paid to an eligible person who provides
information that leads to an arrest, prosecution
and conviction for insurance fraud.
Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor
was established by the Automobile Insurance
Cost Reduction Act of 1998 (AICRA). The
Office is the centralized state agency that
investigates and prosecutes both civil and
criminal insurance fraud, as well as Medicaid
fraud. Criminal convictions for insurance
fraud can result in fines and imprisonment,
while civil penalties can include substantial
fines and referral for revocation or suspension
of professional licenses.