Woman Admits to Fraud in Buying, Selling Cars Featured

By Staff Writer December 27, 2018

A New Jersey woman was sentenced to state prison for her role in a theft scheme in which the participants obtained car loans and luxury used cars by fraud from dealerships across the state, reselling the vehicles after fraudulently removing liens from the vehicle titles.

A leader of the scheme previously was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Paige E. Hunt was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty in July to a charge of second-degree theft by deception. She pleaded guilty on Oct. 30 to an additional charge of second-degree insurance fraud contained in a separate indictment obtained by the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.

Hunt was sentenced her to five years in prison on each charge, with the two sentences to run concurrently.

Hunt was one of six defendants convicted of charges contained in a 2017 indictment obtained by the Division of Criminal Justice Specialized Crimes Bureau.

The investigation revealed that the defendants purchased or had others purchase luxury used cars on credit. They then forged letters purporting to be from the creditor stating that the loan had been satisfied, using those letters to obtain clean titles from the Motor Vehicle Commission.

The vehicles were then sold without disclosing the liens. Between 2012 and 2016, the defendants stole at least 25 luxury vehicles.

 A leader of the scheme, David L. Dunaway Jr., pleaded guilty to second-degree theft by deception and was sentenced on Sept. 7 to nine years in state prison.

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