|TRENTON - Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (OIFP) announced today that a Hudson County man has been sentenced to four years in prison for his part in a scheme to falsify an insurance claim on a used $139,000 Bentley he purchased with his parents and reported stolen after it was torched.
John Jarzabek, 27, of Harrison, was sentenced by Judge Susan Steele in Bergen County Superior Court in accordance with a plea agreement reached when he pleaded guilty to second-degree insurance fraud last August.
Jarzabek and his parents Chester Jarzabek, 64, and Anna Jarzabek, 62, were accused of conspiracy, insurance fraud, and other offenses for allegedly falsifying a car loan application to buy the pre-owned luxury vehicle.
In pleading guilty in August, Jarzabek admitted to misrepresenting to an insurance company that the car had been stolen when it was not.
Jarzabek and his parents purchased the Bentley from D.I.B. Leasing in Teterboro, a now-defunct dealership where Jarzabek worked.
A bookkeeper for D.I.B. Leasing, Michael Ricciardi, 53, of Wayne, pleaded guilty to third-degree conspiracy for his part in the loan scheme. He was sentenced to four years of probation last month.
The general manager of the dealership, Hector Marquez, 44, of Monroe pleaded guilty to second-degree insurance fraud for his part in loan scheme. The state has agreed to recommend a seven-year prison term when he is sentenced on January 20.
Chester Jarzabek was admitted into the Pre-Trial Intervention program in September. Charges against Anna Jarzabek are pending.
Deputy Attorney General Colin J. Keiffer represented the state at sentencing.
John Lynch, Esq. represented Jarzabek at sentencing.
Detective Sergeant Jarek Pyrzanowski and detectives Kahlil McGrady, Kristi Procaccino, and Megan Flanagan coordinated they investigation with assistance from Assistant Section Chief Chris Runkle, and Analysts Theresa Worthington, and Terri Drumm. Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Iu thanked the Moonachie Police Department, the Harrison Police Department, Analyst Sam Paden of the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Investigations Unit, National Insurance Crime Bureau, and Plymouth Rock Assurance for assisting with this investigation.
Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Iu 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.
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