Two Jersey City men have been charged with insurance fraud after falsifying information they provided to an auto insurance company to receive compensation for medical treatment, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.
Shelton Sutton and Kevin London, both 36 and of Jersey City, are each charged with one count of third-degree insurance fraud, Suarez said in a statement.
Sutton is additionally charged with one count of conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, also a third-degree crime. Sutton was arrested at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City on Monday, April 3rd, while London was arrested on Thursday, February 2nd.
The investigation revealed Sutton was involved in a motor vehicle collision in Jersey City on March 20th while driving a Mercedes Benz owned by London. Sutton identified himself as London to law enforcement during the initial collision investigation.
London and Sutton both later sought medical treatment through a claim with Progressive Insurance. In their claims, London identified himself as the driver and Sutton reported being a passenger.
Investigators later determined Sutton was the operator and sole occupant of the vehicle at the time of the collision.
Suarez credited the Insurance Fraud Unit with the investigation and arrest.