Michigan Man Gets Jail in Buried Motorcycle Case

January 9, 2013

A Michigan man who authorities say buried a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in 2009 and claimed it was stolen to collect insurance money has been sentenced to six months in jail.

MLive.com reports a judge Monday also ordered 40-year-old Chad Dejongh of Bay County’s Beaver Township to pay nearly $23,000 in restitution to an insurance company and about $2,500 to the Bay County sheriff’s department.

Dejongh declined to speak as the judge sentenced him.

Dejongh earlier pleaded no contest to two counts of false report of a felony. The plea isn’t an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.

Authorities say Dejongh in October 2009 reported his Rocker C motorcycle stolen, but police were tipped in September 2011 that it had been buried.

Investigators didn’t find the motorcycle.

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