Authorities announced that a Hudson County, New Jersey, 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 New Jersey attorney general’s office said Wednesday that 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, New Jersey. John Jarzabek worked as a salesman at the now-defunct dealership.
The general manager of the dealership, Hector Marquez, 43, of Monroe, New Jersey, was also indicted as a co-conspirator in the alleged scheme.
According to the indictment, the 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, New Jersey, 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 New Jersey Acting Attorney General John J. 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,” Hoffman said.
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.
Source: New Jersey Attorney General’s Office
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