New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and New York State
Insurance Superintendent Gregory V. Serio today announced the arrest of Peter
Perouza, 32, who is charged with insurance fraud and grand larceny stemming from
a fraudulent claim he submitted stating that his vehicle was destroyed in the
World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001.
Commissioner Kelly said: "This criminal tried to turn a profit on the tragic
events of 9/11. While others were helping those who suffered, this individual
saw an opportunity to defraud his insurance company by claiming his car was
destroyed in the terrorist attacks. His scheme was petty, and his crime
reprehensible. I commend everyone who helped find this individual and bring him
Superintendent Serio said: "Attempting to solve ones own financial problems
or unlawfully attempting to profit from the national tragedy is truly horrific.
The Department remains committed to working with the NYPD and other law
enforcement agencies to arrest and prosecute individuals who take advantage of
Perouza, who lived as 143 Sterling Street in Brooklyn, fraudulently submitted
a claim to Met Life Home & Auto Insurance Company that stated his leased
vehicle was destroyed in the garage of the World Trade Center on September 11,
2001. Met Life Home & Auto paid the leasing company $28,000 on this claim.
Subsequently, Perouza parked the vehicle in a garage and discontinued payments
for parking. The garage filed a lien for storage payments. It was then
discovered that the car was owned by Met Life Home & Auto.
Members of the NYPD's Fraudulent Accident Investigation Squad, in cooperation
with the Insurance Department's Frauds Bureau, the Kings County District
Attorney's Office, and Met Life Home & Auto's
Special Investigation Unit
arrested Perouza on Monday, July 14. He faces up to 14 years in