Cass County man convicted of insurance fraud

CASS COUNTY, Mich. -- A Cass County man was convicted of insurance fraud for reporting his truck stolen even though he knew his girlfriend’s son had taken the vehicle, according to Prosecutor Victor Fitz.

Robert Zakrewski, 79, was convicted of insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, lying to a police officer during a 4 year or more crime investigation, and conspiracy to commit lying to a police officer during a 4 year or more crime investigation.

A Michigan State Police detective testified Zakrewski admitted to knowing his girlfriend’s son had taken his truck when it was reported stolen to both police and his insurance company.

The truck was located burned the same day it was reported stolen.

Zakrewski was questioned after discrepancies in his claim were noted by police and the insurance investigator about how the truck was taken. Zakrewski admitted his girlfriend and her son had discussed getting rid of the vehicle.

The prosecutor’s office argued Zakrewski wanted to get out from a lengthy lease agreement.

“This office absolutely will not tolerate those who try to pad their pockets with fraudulent insurance claims. This hurts the hardworking, honest people in our community who have to pay higher premiums,” Fitz said.

Zakrewski was found not guilty of conspiracy to commit 4th degree arson.

Zakrewski will be sentenced May 21. He faces up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of $50,000.

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