A Hudson County man was sentenced to four years in prison in an insurance fraud case, authorities said.
John Jarzabek, 27, of Harrison, was sentenced in Bergen County Superior Court in keeping with the plea agreement reached when he pleaded guilty to second-degree insurance fraud last August, Attorney General Christopher Porrino said in a news release.
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 used luxury vehicle, Porrino said.
John Jarzabek was also accused of playing a part in a scheme to falsify an insurance claim on the used $139,000 Bentley he purchased with his parents and reported stolen after it was set on fire. By pleading guilty, he admitted to misrepresenting to an insurance company that the car had been stolen when it was not, Porrino said.
Jarzabek and his parents purchased the Bentley from D.I.B. Leasing in Teterboro, a now-defunct dealership where Jarzabek worked, authorities said. A fourth member of the conspiracy, Michael Ricciardi, 53, of Wayne, was a bookkeeper for the dealership. He 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 Jan. 20.
In March 2016, authorities said that Jarzabek, who worked as a salesman at D.I.B., and his parents had conspired with Marquez, the dealership’s general manager, to fraudulently obtain a loan from TD Bank for just over $112,000 to finance the purchase of a used 2008 Bentley Continental GTC convertible for $139,000. They then provided fake documents to inflate their income in a bid to obtain the loan, authorities said.
A spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office said that the Bentley was burned in the Bronx on Aug. 4, 2013, at approximately 1 a.m. Jarzabek and Marquez reported the car stolen to the Moonachie police the next day, according to the indictment. Jarzabek filed a claim with the Plymouth Insurance Co. later that week, and special investigators for the insurance company met or spoke by phone with Marquez and all three Jarzabeks over the course of the following weeks, the indictment says.
The insurance company notified authorities because the insurance claim looked “suspicious,” according to the spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office.
Chester Jarzabek was admitted into the Pre-Trial Intervention program in September and charges against Anna Jarzabek are pending.