TETERBORO, N.J. -- A former employee of a now-defunct Teterboro used car dealership that scammed banks out of $1.4 million in luxury car loans got four years in prison Tuesday for his role in torching a $139,000 Bentley that he reported stolen.
John Jarzabek, 27, of Harrison in Hudson County, agreed to the sentence handed down by Presiding Superior Court Judge Susan Steele in Hackensack in a plea deal with prosecutors.
Jarzabek and his parents Chester Jarzabek, 64, and Anna Jarzabek, 62, were accused of conspiracy, insurance fraud, and other offenses by authorities who said they falsified a car loan application for the pre-owned Bentley from D.I.B. Leasing, state Attorney General AChristopher S. Porrino said.
Chester Jarzabek was admitted into the Pre-Trial Intervention program in September. Charges against Anna Jarzabek were pending.
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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 probation last month.
The general manager of the dealership, 44-year-old Hector Marquez of Monroe, pleaded guilty to second-degree insurance in exchange for a seven-year prison term for his role in the scheme.
Deputy Attorney General Colin J. Keiffer represented the state at the sentencing.
Detective Sgt. Jarek Pyrzanowski anDdetectives Kahlil McGrady, Kristi Procaccino, and Megan Flanagan coordinated they investigation with assistance from Assistant Section Chief Chris Runkle and Analysts Theresa Worthington, and Terri Drumm.
"Some important cases have started with anonymous tips," said Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Chris Iu, who urged anyone who wants to anonymously report insurance fraud to call a toll-free hotline at 1-877-55-FRAUD, or by visiting www.NJInsurancefraud.org.
"State regulations permit a reward to be paid to an eligible person who provides information that leads to an arrest, prosecution and conviction for insurance fraud," Iu said.