New Jersey Woman Gets 3 Years for False Stolen-Car Claim

April 14, 2016

A Newark, New Jersey, woman who falsely reported her car had been stolen so she could get an insurance settlement is now headed to state prison.

State authorities say 58-year-old Janette Bautista received a three-year term. She had pleaded guilty in February to insurance fraud charges.

Authorities say Bautista got a $6,686.50 insurance settlement after claiming in November 2011 that her car had been stolen. But an investigation by the state’s Insurance Fraud Prosecutor’s office determined that she had abandoned the vehicle.

Bautista will also have to pay restitution to her insurance company.

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