Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Department Of Public Safety, announces that members from the Rhode Island State Police Auto Theft and Insurance Fraud Unit arrested four (4) individuals for allegedly providing False Statements to Obtain Vehicle Registrations at the Division of Motor Vehicles, in violation of the §11-18-1.3 of the Rhode Island General Laws.
The following individuals were arrested during the sweep:
1. Jonas Dubon, age 25, of 353 Simmonsville Avenue, Johnston, R.I., twenty-four (24) counts of False Statement to Fraudulently Obtain a Registration.
2. Oliver A. Cuellar, age 26, of 590 Cottage Street, Pawtucket, R.I., two (2) counts of False Statement to Fraudulently Obtain a Registration.
3. David Diaz, age 20, of 119 Silver Lake Avenue, Providence, R.I., fourteen (14) counts of False Statement to Fraudulently Obtain a Registration.
4. Matthew P. Andrade, age 25, of 16 Lisbon Street, Providence, R.I., twenty- two (22) counts of False Statement to Fraudulently Obtain a Registration.
Dubon, Cuellar and Diaz were arrested on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Cuellar and Diaz plead nolo contendere to the charges in Third Division Court in Warwick before Associate Judge William C. Clifton and received a sentence of 1 year suspended and 1 year of probation. Dubon was arraigned at the Lincoln Woods Barracks before the Honorable Justice of the Peace George Lazeiah and released on $5,000 Personal Recognizance. Dubon is scheduled to appear for a pre-trial conference on August 29, 2014 in Third Division Court.
Andrade was arrested on Friday, August 15, 2014 and was arraigned in Third Division Court in Warwick before Associate Judge William C. Clifton. Andrade plead nolo contendere to the charges and received a sentence of 1 year suspended and one year of probation.
Collectively, these individuals are alleged to have fraudulently provided false insurance information on the registry TR-1 Application for Registration forms. The total number of vehicles these subjects were able to successfully register totaled sixty-two (62) and all of the registrations have been suspended. Additional arrests are expected in the near future.
MEDIA CONTACT: Major Todd E. Catlow, Detective Commander, (401) 444-1005