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Vineland man sentenced in insurance scam

BRIDGETON — A Cumberland County man was sentenced to state prison Friday for conspiring to set his aunt’s automobile ablaze so that she could collect insurance proceeds, according to Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Division of Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor.

Kristopher Wynder, 21, of Vineland, was sentenced to five years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Darrell Fineman. The sentence is based on Wynder’s Feb. 16 guilty plea to second-degree conspiracy to commit aggravated arson. Wynder was charged in a May 12, 2010, Cumberland County grand jury indictment.

In pleading guilty, Wynder admitted that between July 28 and Aug. 4, 2008, he conspired with his aunt, Cheryl Wynder, to obtain her 2002 Ford Explorer, take it to a remote location in Vineland, and set fire to the vehicle so that Cheryl Wynder could collect insurance proceeds for the vehicle.

Kristopher Wynder carried out the conspiracy by taking the Explorer to a sand pit adjacent to Oak Road in Vineland, setting fire to the Explorer, thereby recklessly placing other people, including fire personnel from the Vineland Fire Department, in danger.

 In pleading guilty, Wynder admitted that he and Cheryl Wynder entered into a conspiracy to dispose of her 2002 Ford Explorer and submit a fraudulent insurance claim since she was behind in her payments. As part of the overall conspiracy, Wynder set the vehicle on fire to destroy it, and to further the false impression that the Explorer had been stolen. For his part in the conspiracy, Kristopher Wynder admitted he was to be paid $500.

Cheryl Wynder pleaded guilty in May 2009 to insurance fraud and was subsequently sentenced to five years probation, and was ordered to pay $8,531 in restitution and a $5,000 civil insurance fraud fine.


Written by lordsinsurancelog

April 29, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Posted in Insurance News