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Twelve charged in $20 million “Operation Vacant Lot” insurance fraud case

December 22, 2021

An investigation into a Phillipsburg, NJ truck stop has uncovered a massive $20 million insurance fraud scheme, with 12 individuals charged in connection with the fraud ring.

The charges cover about $2.7 million in underpaid insurance premiums for just the year 2021. But the investigation has estimated that there has been a total of about $20 million in underpaid premiums since 2018.

After New Jersey Automotive Insurance Plan representatives noticed a surge in commercial trucking insurance applications that indicated that the trucks were garaged at Phillipsburg & Easton Heavy Duty Truck Repair along Route 22, it reached out to the authorities to investigate the matter. Warren and Sussex Counties’ Prosecutors’ Offices jointly launched “Operation Vacant Lot” to investigate the matter.

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