New Jersey man pleads guilty to insurance fraud

An Irvington man has admitted to staging a car accident in order to collect more than $25,000 in insurance payouts

Insurance News

By Lyle Adriano

On Jan. 25, an Irvington man admitted to staging a car accident back in 2012 in Newark to collect more than $25,000 in insurance payouts, authorities announced.

According to a statement from the New Jersey Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, Jerry Previlon was charged with a single count of second-degree insurance fraud in Superior Court, Essex County.

Authorities said that Previlon was a passenger in his girlfriend’s car, a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix when the vehicle was struck from behind by another automobile.

Yasmeen Louis, Previlon’s girlfriend, claimed in a sworn statement that the driver of the car that collided with her vehicle was allegedly an acquaintance of Previlon, and had fled the scene in a third vehicle.

In the months following the accident, both Previlon and Louis filed 28 medical claims with Liberty Mutual, for a total payout of $25,100. Last year, the two were arraigned for several charges, including conspiracy, insurance fraud, and tampering with records.

"Staging accidents, as this defendant admitted doing, is not only a crime, it poses a serious danger to the well-being of every driver, passenger, and pedestrian in the vicinity of the crash,” remarked acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Christopher Iu.

Previlon faces a five-year sentence under a plea deal. His girlfriend Louis is seeking pre-trial intervention.

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