AG: Harrison man gets 4 years in jail for insurance scheme on $139k car

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A Harrison man was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in a scheme to falsify an insurance claim on a used $139,000 Bentley he purchased with his parents and reported stolen after it was torched, Attorney General Christopher Porrino announced.

John Jarzabek. Photo courtesy of the New Jersey Attorney General's Office.
John Jarzabek. Photo courtesy of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

John Jarzabek, 27, of Harrison, was sentenced by Judge Susan Steele in Bergen County Superior Court, within the parameters of a plea agreement made in August – where the defendant admitted to second-degree insurance fraud.

Jarzabek and his parents Chester Jarzabek, 64, and Anna Jarzabek, 62, were accused of conspiracy, insurance fraud, and other offenses for allegedly falsifying a car loan application to buy the pre-owned luxury vehicle back in March.

In pleading guilty, the youngest Jarzabek admitted to misrepresenting to an insurance company that the car had been stolen when it was not.

Jarzabek and his parents purchased the Bentley from D.I.B. Leasing in Teterboro, a now-defunct dealership where Jarzabek worked, authorities said.

A bookkeeper for D.I.B. Leasing, Michael Ricciardi, 53, of Wayne, pleaded guilty to third-degree conspiracy for his part in the loan scheme. He was sentenced to four years of probation last month.

The general manager of the dealership, Hector Marquez, 44, of Monroe pleaded guilty to second-degree insurance fraud for his part in loan scheme. The state has agreed to recommend a seven-year prison term when he is sentenced on January 20.

Chester Jarzabek was admitted into the pre-trial intervention program in September. Charges against Anna Jarzabek are pending.

People who are concerned about insurance cheating and have information about fraud can report it anonymously by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-877-55-FRAUD, or visiting the Web site at www.NJInsurancefraud.org.