YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: An Englewood man with a criminal history was arrested today by city and state detectives who said he ran an illegal car registration scam on Craigslist to help New Jersey drivers get cheaper out-of-state insurance coverage.
Shareem Taylor, 30, was being held on $50,000 in the Bergen County Jail, charged with conspiracy and insurance fraud — a week after Gov. Christie signed into law a measure making reverse rate evasion a crime.
Taylor posted the Craigslist ad under the pseudonym “Brandon,” offering assistance for a fee with out of state registrations and insurance policies for their newly registered vehicles, state Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said this afternoon.
“I can lower your instate [sic] insurance by up to 50 percent,” it said. “I’ve been doing this for 6 years I have over 600 customers.”
An undercover detective from the state Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (OIFP) responded to Taylor’s advertisement and later received titling documents and license plates from South Dakota, Hoffman said.
Participating in the investigation were Detectives Robert Rosa, Amy Carson, Heather Pittman, Michael Behar and Janet Amberg under the supervision of Lt. Joseph Waters. Representing the state is Deputy Attorney General Reid Caster.
Acting state Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Ronald Chillemi thanked Geico Insurance, Progressive Insurance, Esurance, and Citibank Investigations for their assistance.
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