Linden Man Sentenced For Insurance Fraud Scam

TRENTON – A Linden man was sentenced to 270 days in county jail for attempting to obtain approximately $14,000 from an insurance company by falsely reporting his vehicle stolen, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced Monday.

Americo Delvalle, 36, was sentenced on May 4 by Superior Court Judge Robert J. Mega in Union County. Delvalle was ordered to serve the time in county jail at the end of a four-year probationary term. Delvalle’s sentence was based on his Jan. 17 guilty plea to third-degree insurance fraud.

In pleading guilty, Delvalle admitted that between Oct. 1 and Nov. 11, 2010, he 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. In an attempt to fraudulently collect approximately $14,000 from Allstate, Delvalle submitted fraudulent documents and made recorded statements in connection with the claim for reimbursement.

An investigation by the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor revealed that Delvalle 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.

Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Ronald Chillemi thanked Neil Hunt of the SIU of the Allstate Insurance Company, for his assistance in the investigation.

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