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Woodbridge man sentenced to three years for insurance fraud
Mike Deak , @MikeDeakMyCJ 3:08 p.m. EDT October 18, 2016
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Woodbridge man was sentenced on Tuesday to three years in prison for reporting that his motorcycle had been stripped of its parts by thieves on two occasions, when in actuality he directed a repair shop to remove the parts so that he could make claims with his insurance companies.
Lew Alicock, 32, must also pay $5,512.96 in restitution to Pacific Specialty Insurance Co. under the sentence handed down by Superior Court Judge Michael Toto.
Alicock plead guilty in April to the second-degree charge. He had been rejected admission to a pre-trial intervention program, according to a news release.
In pleading guilty, Alicock said that in May 2013 he filed a fraudulent claim with Pacific Specialty Insurance Co. stating that parts of his Yamaha motorcycle had been stolen while parked outside his mother’s house in Irvington.
However, in reality, Alicock had paid a repair shop mechanic to remove the parts and Alicock took the parts with him, authorities said..
Four days after filing his claim he returned to the shop and had the mechanic put the parts back on the motorcycle, Alicock admitted.
Pacific issued Alicock a $5,512.96 check for the claim, which he cashed.
Alicock also admitted he tried the scam again in November 2013, this time attempting to defraud Rider Insurance company, according to the news release.
licock said he filed a claim that his motorcycle had been stripped of several parts totaling more than $1,000 while being housed in Newark.
But in reality, Alicock had paid to have the parts removed from his motorcycle, he admitted. Rider Insurance did not approve that claim.People with information about possible insurance fraud can report it anonymously by calling the toll‑free hotline at 1‑877‑55‑FRAUD, or visiting the Website at http://www.njinsurancefraud.org/. State regulations allow a reward to be paid to an eligible person who provides information that leads to an arrest, prosecution and conviction for insurance fraud.