Jersey woman buys auto policies to support false car buys
December 20, 2018, Bloomfield, NJ — A Bloomfield woman was sentenced to five years in prison after she pleaded guilty to insurance fraud in Superior Court in October.
Paige Hunt, 27, was able to get insurance identification cards as part of a plan to steal used luxury cars from dealerships in New Jersey and New York using fictitious bank account information, said New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.
Over nearly a year, Hunt procured nine auto insurance policies in an attempt to provide proof of insurance while purchasing high-end used cars from various dealerships — three of which she was able to drive away with no down payment, Grewal said. Hunt failed to make payments on any of the cars she drove off the lots.
The policies obtained by Hunt totaled more than $21,605 and included coverage for a Lexus SUV, two Honda Pilot Tourings, a Mercedes-Benz SUV and five Mercedes-Benz sedans, Grewal said.
Hunt was just one of six people convicted of charges from a 2017 indictment. Between 2012 and 2016, the group was able to steal at least 25 luxury cars. David Dunaway, 43, of Irvington, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nine years in prison in September. In June, Hunt pleaded guilty to theft by deception in connection with the auto theft.