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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 00:00

NJ Man Admits to Defrauding Employer, Insurers and Credit Union Out of More Than $600,000

A Perth Amboy man pleaded guilty on May 13 to multiple charges related to two separate insurance fraud schemes for which two state grand juries indicted him in November.

Vinny Curbelo, 31, pleaded guilty to seven charges: second-degree health care claims fraud, second-degree theft by deception, second-degree insurance fraud, two counts of third-degree theft by deception, third-degree theft by unlawful taking and third-degree theft by deception. OIFP recommended that Curbelo receive a state prison term of eight years. His sentencing is scheduled for June 22.

On Nov. 13, Curbelo was indicted for faking an accident at his job site to get his insurance to cover the half-million dollar cost of medical treatment for injuries he had suffered prior to his employment. In addition, he accepted approximately $55,803 in temporary disability payments for two years following the faked accident, though he was working under-the-table at a Dawn’s Auto Body in Keyport. While employed there, he stole approximately $16,700 from the bank accounts of that auto body shop.

Nine days later, Curbelo was indicted for executing a complex scheme to steal approximately $23,000 from a credit union and to defraud a car insurance company of more than $32,000 by forging documents related to a stolen SUV.

“Curbelo sought illegitimate financial windfalls from any source he could target, whether they were insurer, employer or lender,” said Acting Attorney General Hoffman. “His crimes were carefully calculated and involved multiple layers of deceit.”

“The defendant scammed multiple sectors of the insurance industry, stealing from companies that provide disability, medical and auto insurance,” said Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Ronald Chillemi. “Aggressive prosecutions and appropriate prison terms, such as those pursued in this case, serve as deterrent to anyone contemplating the type of crimes Curbelo perpetrated.”

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