Prosecutor: Jersey City yacht owner charged with $200k worth of insurance fraud

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A Jersey City man has been charged with defrauding multiple insurance companies for over $200,000 related to his yacht, “Miss Behaving,” which he berths at the Liberty Harbor Marina, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced. 

Photo via libertyharbormarina.com.
Photo via libertyharbormarina.com.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Kerwin Rigaud, 46, of Jersey City, was arrested for alleged five or more instances of insurance fraud and theft by deception, Suarez said in a statement.

On Friday, members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Insurance Fraud Unit
arrested Rigaud following a four-month investigation into allegations of insurance fraud, authorities said.

The allegations include fabricating claims and exaggerating damages from 2014 to the present in schemes to defraud multiple insurance companies of more than $200,000, officials said.

Rigaud, an accountant, has been charged with multiple insurance fraud violations related to his yacht, “Miss Behaving,” which is stored at the Liberty Harbor Marina.

He surrendered to members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Insurance Fraud Unit at the
Hudson County Administration Building on Newark Avenue in Jersey City while accompanied by his attorney, police said.

He made his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Jersey City yesterday.

The Prosecutor’s Office began its four-month investigation after being contacted in October 2017 by the state Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.

Specifically, the case was originally generated by a tip to the OIFP by a special investigator affiliated with one of the involved insurance companies, authorities said.