Four charged in N.J. for Bentley auto insurance scam
A Hudson County, N.J., couple, along with their adult son and the manager of a car dealership, have been charged with conspiracy, insurance fraud, and other offenses for allegedly falsifying a car loan application to buy a $139,000 Bentley, then torching the vehicle and reporting it stolen to an insurance company.
The charges were announced by New Jersey Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (OIFP).
Chester Jarzabek, 63, his wife Anna Jarzabek, 61, and their son John Jarzabek, 26, are accused in the alleged scheme involving the used Bentley they had recently purchased from D.I.B Leasing in Teterboro. John Jarzabek worked as a salesman at the now-defunct dealership. The general manager of the dealership, Hector Marquez, 43, of Monroe was also indicted as a co-conspirator in the alleged scheme.
According to the indictment, Chester and Anna Jarzabek purchased the car and conspired with their son and Marquez to burn it for insurance money.
The four are also charged with falsifying a car loan application and providing bogus documents to inflate their income to obtain financing for the luxury vehicle. A bookkeeper for D.I.B. Leasing, Michael Ricciardi, 53, of Wayne, was also charged with conspiracy in connection with the alleged fraudulent loan application.
“These defendants are accused of pulling out all stops to line their own pockets,” said Hoffman. “It is especially distasteful that the alleged criminal behavior was a family affair. This kind of blatant fraud against banks and insurance companies will be prosecuted vigorously by the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.”
In addition to the second-degree conspiracy and insurance fraud charges, all three Jarzabeks and Marquez were indicted on two counts of second-degree theft by deception. The four, along with Ricciardi also were indicted on two charges of third-degree theft by deception.
“The indictment of these alleged co-conspirators clearly illustrates that individuals who engage in these types of illegal activities will be held accountable for their actions,” said Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Christopher Iu. “We will not tolerate criminals who manipulate the system for their own selfish greed.”
Deputy Attorney General Colin J. Keiffer presented the case to the grand jury. Detective Sergeant Jarek Pyrzanowski and detectives Kahlil McGrady, Kristi Procaccino, and Megan Flanagan coordinated they investigation with assistance from analysts Chris Runkle, Theresa Worthington, and Terri Drumm.