A scam artist from Harrison, NJ, has been sentenced to 21
years in jail for bilking four trucking companies out of nearly $4,000.
The Jersey Journal reported that between September
and November of 2004, James DeRose called the companies claiming to have done
emergency repairs to one of their trucks after it stalled on the New Jersey
It wasn’t until days later – and after the money had been
transferred – that the companies learned they had been scammed.
The Journal reported that Union County Superior Court
Judge James Heimlich sentenced DeRose on Tuesday, June 12, for theft by
deception, eluding police and resisting arrest.
DeRose, who told the judge he needed the money to support
his cocaine addiction, led police on a 60-mph chase when they caught him trying
to cash a check from a fifth trucking company. The chase ended when DeRose
crashed his car into a light pole.