Owner of yacht named 'Miss Behaving' busted on insurance fraud charges
JERSEY CITY — A Jersey City man with a yacht named “Miss Behaving” has been charged with defrauding insurance companies to the tune of more than $200,000 by allegedly fabricating and exaggerating claims related to the boat.
Kerwin Rigaud is charged with at least five insurance fraud violations related to several insurance companies, as well as theft by deception, in connection to the yacht which he berths at Liberty Harbor Marina in Jersey City, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced today.
The 46-year-old surrendered Friday to members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit as the culmination of a four-month investigation, Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Ray Worrall said this morning.
The investigation was triggered by a tip to the New Jersey Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, which passed the information to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.
Rigaud was charged on a summons and made his first court appearance on the charges Tuesday in Central Judicial Processing court in Jersey City.
He faces a number of second-degree offenses that carry possible sentences of five to 10 years in prison upon conviction.
Authorities say Rigaud works as an accountant. Zoominfo, a business database, lists him as the president of the Rigaud Financial Group.