LongIsland.com, Long Island, February 19, 2021
“Due to law enforcement’s efforts, we have ended a scheme perpetrated by greedy, bad actors preying upon vulnerable individuals, which had the potential of putting the entire community at risk. These defendants were not only stealing thousands of dollars from residents, but leaving them unprotected by insurance,” District Attorney Sini said. “Because of this fraudulent scheme, we have potentially hundreds of Suffolk County residents on the roads who believe they have insurance coverage when in fact they do not, so we are asking anyone who believes he or she is a victim of this scheme to please contact law enforcement. This was a complex scheme that crossed state lines, but in collaboration with our local, state and federal partners, we were able to unravel this conspiracy and identify the perpetrators. I thank all of the agencies involved for their assistance with the investigation and arrests.”
Eddy Belteton-Reyes, 45, of East Quogue, is charged with two counts of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony; Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument Second Degree, a class D felony; Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony; seven counts of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony; and seven counts of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.
Alin Zoel Belteton-Reyes, 40, of Riverhead, is charged with Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony, two counts of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument Second Degree, a class D felony.
Juan Carlos Zarate Rodriguez, 41, of Deer Park, is charged with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument Second Degree, a class D felony.
Ernesto Chavez Benitez, 44, of Bay Shore, is charged with four counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, a class D felony.
Dina Martinez, 36, of Richmond, Virginia, is charged with Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony.
In December 2019, the Southampton Town Police Department launched an investigation into an alleged scheme by Eddy Belteton-Reyes and his associates to steal money from Hispanic victims by purporting to provide them with automobile insurance coverage through a fraudulent company called “Protect Auto Insurance Company.”
The investigation expanded in 2020 to include the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, New York State Police and Suffolk County Police Department as well as the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, National Insurance Crimes Bureau, NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, NYS Department of Financial Services, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Chesterfield County Police Department in Virginia. It involved the use of court-authorized eavesdropping and search warrants as well as physical, aerial and electronic surveillance.