N.J. MVC Employee Sentenced for Auto Offense

September 29, 2003

Vaughn McKoy, New Jersey’s Director, Division of Criminal Justice, announced that a former Cumberland County Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) supervisor has received a probationary sentence for reportedly selling a fictitious duplicate motor vehicle title to a person unable to legally obtain a title.

According to Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Greta Gooden-Brown, JoAnn Guzzi, 51, of Cumberland County, was sentenced by Cumberland County Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez to three years probation. The court did not order any civil insurance fraud fine as allowed under the Insurance Fraud Prevention Act.

Guzzi pleaded guilty on Aug. 21 to charges contained in a criminal Accusation filed by the Division of Criminal Justice – Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.

At the guilty plea hearing before Judge Mendez, Guzzi, a former supervisor at the Vineland Motor Vehicle Commission’s Cumberland County office, reportedly admitted that on Aug. 22, 2001 that she manufactured a duplicate automobile title application form in the name of Dian Douglas and signed Douglas’ name on the application without Douglas’ knowledge or authorization.

Guzzi reportedly admitted that she sold the duplicate title to Ismael Ramos for approximately $80 knowing that Ramos was not entitled to the duplicate automobile title. Guzzi was terminated from her employment with the MVC on June 27.

On Sept. 19, Guzzi’s sister, Gina Guzzi, also a former employee at the Vineland MVC agency, reportedly admitted to falsifying an official MVC document by issuing a duplicate automobile driver’s license to a person who was not entitled to the driver’s license. Guzzi falsified a driver’s license application form in the name of a third person without that person’s knowledge or permission. Guzzi admitted that she provided the fraudulent driver’s license knowing that it was false.

Guzzi was terminated from her employment at the Vineland agency on June 20.

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