A Union County man has been indicted for allegedly attempting to obtain approximately $14,000 from an insurance company by falsely reporting his vehicle stolen, according to Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Ronald Chillemi.
Americo Delvalle, 35, of Linden, was charged Friday, Sept. 23, with third-degree insurance fraud, third-degree attempted theft by deception and fourth-degree hindering one’s own prosecution.
The Union County grand jury indictment alleges that between Oct. 1 and Nov. 11, 2010, Delvalle made false statements in support of an insurance claim submitted to Allstate Insurance Company that his 2009 Honda Civic had been stolen, when he knew that the Civic had not been stolen.
It is alleged that Delvalle submitted fraudulent documents and made recorded statements in connection with the claim for reimbursement. Delvalle allegedly attempted to obtain approximately $14,000 from Allstate. The indictment further alleges that Delvalle made a false police report to the Linden Police Department in order to hinder any prosecution against him.
An investigation by the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor revealed that Delvalle allegedly reported to the Linden Police Department that he parked his Honda outside a movie theater in Linden at 8:45 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2010 and when he returned from the theater at 11:30 p.m, the car had been stolen. The investigation revealed that the Newark Police found the vehicle abandoned and stripped at 5:34 p.m., three hours before Delvalle purportedly parked the vehicle in Linden.
Detective Nicole Eiker and Deputy Attorney General James A. Carey Jr. were assigned to the investigation into this case. Carey presented the case to the Union County grand jury. Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Chillemi thanked Neil Hunt, SIU of the Allstate Insurance Company, for his assistance in the investigation.
The indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Third-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of five years in state prison and a criminal fine of $15,000, while fourth-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of 18 months in state prison and a criminal fine of $10,000.
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