NJ man indicted for fabricating Mercedes carjacking to get $38K

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By Christopher Baxter

TRENTON- An East Orange man has been indicted for fabricating a story about being carjacked in order to receive about $38,500 from his insurance company, but he remains a fugitive, state authorities said today.

On March 20, Maurice Douglas, 42, reported to East Orange police that two males stole his 2007 Mercedes S-550 as he was getting out of the car at his home, the state Attorney General’s Office said. He also allegedly claimed one of the men pointed an assault rifle at him while the other stole his cell phone, and both men then fled.

The next day, East Orange police found Douglas’ car in an abandoned lot with its headlights and taillights stripped and damage to its body and windshield, authorities said. The same day, Douglas allegedly made a claim to his insurance company.

But video surveillance of the route that Douglas claimed the men used to flee with his car did not show his Mercedes or the other getaway vehicle that they were purportedly driving, authorities said.

Douglas was charged with insurance fraud, theft by deception and false reports to police.
If convicted of the most serious charge, Douglas faces five to 10 years in prison. A spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office, Zach Hosseini, said he was a fugitive and had no known attorney.

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