Con artist gets 21 years for scamming truck companies

| 6/14/2006

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 Turnpike.

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.