Woman Sentenced to Six Years in State Prison for Assisting in Scheme in which Straw Buyers Fraudulently Obtained Loans for Luxury Cars

TRENTON –Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that a woman was sentenced to state prison for her role in a theft scheme in which “straw buyers” obtained car loans and high-end cars by fraud. The leader of the scheme previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to state prison.

Jacqueline Reyes-Keegan, 60, formerly of Fairview, N.J., now of Sherman Oaks, Calif., was sentenced yesterday to six years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Robert M. Vinci in Bergen County. She was found guilty on Feb. 4, 2020 following a jury trial of second-degree conspiracy related to thefts from one car dealership. She was acquitted of a theft charge.On June 11, 2020, Reyes-Keegan pleaded guilty to an additional charge of second-degree theft by deception contained in a separate indictment involving thefts from a second dealership.She was sentenced to six years in state prison on the trial conviction and a concurrent six years in prison on the guilty plea.

Deputy Attorney General Thomas Clark prosecuted Reyes-Keegan for the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Cyber Crimes Bureau. He was assisted at trial by Research Analyst Rita Gillis and Detective Thomas Van Tassel of the New Jersey State Police. Reyes-Keegan was charged in an investigation by the New Jersey State Police Motor Vehicle Crimes North Unit (formerly the Interstate Theft North Unit) and the Division of Criminal Justice.

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