INSURANCE FRAUD CLAIM LEADS TO GUILTY PLEA

The owner of a fishing boat admitted this week that he developed a plot to sink his ship, the Alexander II, off the coast of Cape May in August 2009 in order to collect $400,000 from the insurance company that insured the boat, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Scott Tran, 38, of Cherry Hill, pleaded guilty to an Indictment charging him with one count of conspiracy to destroy a vessel on the high seas. Tran’s right-hand man, Manh Nguyen, 58, of Philadelphia, also pleaded guilty today to a superseding Information charging him with a similar conspiracy offense.

Crew member Christopher Martin, 39, of Wildwood, N.J., pleaded guilty to a superseding Information charging him with the conspiracy on Nov. 14, 2011. All three defendants entered their guilty pleas before U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb in Camden federal court.

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