55 Year Old Woman Charged with Insurance Fraud

August 15, 2014 by

August 11, 2014:  Philadelphia Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate 55 year old Annette Shirley White after receiving a fraud referral from Met Life Insurance Company. On March 3, 2011, White applied for a homeowner’s policy with Met Life Insurance Company after her previous policy with Liberty Mutual was cancelled due to non-payment. During the application process, representatives from Met Life inquired whether White had ever had a policy cancelled due to non-payment or if she had filed any claims under her former policy during the last five years. White denied both questions; however, the investigation later revealed that White had not answered truthfully during her policy application.

The day prior to White’s Met Life Insurance Company policy inception, the City of Philadelphia Department of Licensures and Inspections received a complaint that stated that the rear wall of White’s property was collapsing and that cement blocks were falling to the ground.  Two days later, the Department of Licensures and Inspections issued a safety violation to White after a representative deemed the wall unsafe. On March 7, 2011, White filed a claim with Met Life Insurance Company alleging that the same wall had collapsed following a particularly heavy rainstorm. Met Life then hired an engineer who concluded that the wall had collapsed due to structural deterioration resulting from poor maintenance rather than because of a storm.

Based on the investigation, detectives concluded that White not only misrepresented herself during her policy application, but that she also filed a fraudulent claim in which she indicated that her wall had collapsed due to a storm rather than because of ongoing neglect. White was arrested on August 11, 2014 for Insurance Fraud (F-3), Insurance Fraud (M-2), Theft by Unlawful Taking, Theft by Deception, and Attempted Theft by Deception. She is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on August 18, 2014.

This case is specially assigned to Detective David Fisher and ADA Vicki Markovitz of the Insurance Fraud Unit.

Bail Set at 2 (M) Million Dollars for Kenneth Todd

August 8, 2014 by

August 8, 2014: The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has charged 47 year old Kenneth Todd with Aggravated Assault, Robbery, Burglary, Criminal Trespass, Theft by Unlawful Taking, Theft Receiving Stolen Property (RSP), Unlawful Restraint, Simple Assault, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person for a violent home invasion/robbery on July 25, 2014. He is also facing Burglary, Criminal Trespass, Theft by Unlawful Taking, and Theft RSP charges for an incident that occurred on July 23, 2014. Both incidents took place on the 1300 block of Pine Street.

Todd was arraigned this afternoon, bail was set at 2 (m) million dollars, and his next court date is scheduled for August 26, 2014 in courtroom 903.

Cornelius Crawford and Jonathan Rosa to Face Additional Murder Charge

August 8, 2014 by

August 8, 2014: The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office will charge Cornelius Crawford and Jonathan Rosa each with an additional count of Murder after Keisha Williams passed away on Thursday night. Crawford and Rosa will now face four counts of Second Degree Murder and Conspiracy for the deaths of Keisha Williams and her three children; 15 year old Keiearra Williams, 10 year old Joseph Reed, and 7 year old Terrance Moore.

“My heart continues to break for the family and friends of Keisha, Keiearra, Joseph and Terrance,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “The thoughts and prayers of my office continue to be with everyone affected by the senseless crimes that occurred on July 25th. I hope the knowledge that I am prosecuting these defendants to the fullest extent of the law will give the family some sense of justice during this time of unimaginable grief.”

Philadelphia Man Charged with Setting Vehicle on Fire and Filing False Insurance Claim

August 5, 2014 by

July 31, 2014: Philadelphia Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate 42 year old Marc Smith after receiving a referral from Erie Insurance Company. On February 17, 2014, Philadelphia Police Department officers responded to the 8600 block of Krewstown Road where they found a 2009 Ford F-150 pick-up truck with smoke coming from the inside of the vehicle. The vehicle was then towed to the Philadelphia Auto Squad Headquarters and detectives contacted Marc Smith, the owner of the vehicle. Smith alleged that he had not seen the vehicle since he last parked it in his driveway and he later signed a vehicle theft report.

In spite of Smith’s allegations of theft, Philadelphia Fire Marshalls declared that the burned F-150 had been an arson. The car had a strong odor of gasoline and a trained arson detection canine gave multiple alerts that indicated that the fire had been intentional. Furthermore, Smith’s F-150 is equipped with a transponder ignition which would prohibit it from being started without the use of the correct key. Detectives then contacted investigators from Erie Insurance who alleged that Smith had participated in an examination under oath and had testified that his vehicle had been stolen. Investigators stated that the Ford F-150 had been declared a total loss and that Erie Insurance had issued over seventeen thousand dollars in payment for the vehicle.

Detectives also interviewed multiple witnesses who gave statements indicating that Smith had committed arson in order to receive insurance money for his the vehicle which he could no longer afford. Based on the Fire Marshall’s investigation, witness interviews and the fact that the car had been equipped with a transponder ignition, Smith was arrested for Arson, Causing or Risking Catastrophe, Criminal Mischief, Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud, Perjury, Securing Execution, False Swearing and Unsworn Falsifying on July 31, 2014. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on August 8, 2014 for a status listing.

ADA Debra Naish and Detective Patrick Gleason of IFU are specially assigned to this case.

Man Charged with Fraudulent Homeowner’s Claim

August 5, 2014 by

July 29, 2014: The Philadelphia District Attorneys Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) began to investigate Ross Forman after receiving a referral from Allstate Insurance Company alleging that Forman had altered receipts submitted as part of a homeowner’s claim. On February 5, 2014, Forman’s home was damaged during an ice storm and he subsequently filed a claim for reimbursement for work done on his security, electrical and plumbing systems. Allstate began to investigate Forman’s claim after reviewing the submitted receipts which appeared to have been altered. The investigation revealed that Forman changed both a receipt from Vector Security so that it read three hundred and ninety dollars opposed to ninety dollars and a plumbing receipt so that it read twenty-two hundred dollars opposed to twelve hundred dollars. Both Vector Security and the plumbing company provided detectives with copies of the original receipts which showed that Forman had defrauded Allstate Insurance Company of thirteen hundred dollars. Forman was arrested for Insurance Fraud and Theft by Deception on July 29, 2014. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on August 18, 2014 for a status listing.

ADA Dawn Holtz and Detective Robert DiFrancesco of IFU are specially assigned to this case.

Body Shop Owner Charged with Insurance Fraud

August 5, 2014 by

July 14, 2014: The Philadelphia District Attorneys Office has charged 34 year old Tomasz Stasiuk with Insurance Fraud and Theft by Deception. The DA’s Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate Tomasz Stasiuk, the owner of Skyline Auto Collision, after receiving a referral from Progressive Insurance Company. On June 7, 2013, a Progressive insured had his 2005 BMW towed to Skyline Auto Collision after the vehicle had been involved in an accident. Skyline Auto Collision determined that the BMW needed the engine, headlights and carpeting to be replaced which would cost in excess of twelve thousand dollars. Upon later inspection, Stasiuk further alleged that the car would also need new seat motors, airbags, a wiring harness and transmission which changed the estimate to over fourteen thousand dollars – an amount greater than the total value of the vehicle itself. Progressive then attempted to retrieve the motor that Stasiuk allegedly put into the BMW after the first repair so that they could return the parts but were unsuccessful. The vehicle was then removed from Skyline Auto Collision and later inspected by NICB agents who determined that neither the engine, carpeting nor headlights had been replaced with new products in spite of the fact that Progressive had paid Stasiuk over fifteen thousand dollars in settlement checks for these repairs. Stasiuk was arrested on July 14, 2014 for Insurance Fraud and Theft by Deception. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on July 21, 2014 for a status listing.

Detective Robert DiFrancesco and ADA Dawn Farrell are specially assigned to this case.

25 Year old Man Uses “Fake” Insurance Card to Register Car

August 5, 2014 by

July 7, 2014: Philadelphia Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate Tay Gaye during the course of an ongoing investigation. Detectives learned that Gaye had registered a 2006 Buick Lucerne with a fraudulent Sentinel Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card. Detectives contacted a representative from The Hartford Insurance Company, of whom Sentinel Insurance is a subsidiary, and learned that the policy used to register the vehicle was fraudulent. Gaye was arrested for Insurance Fraud, Criminal Conspiracy and Forgery, Tampering with Records, Securing Execution of Documents by Deception and Unsworn Falsification on July 7, 2014. Gaye is next scheduled for a status listing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on July 14, 2014.

ADA Dawn Farrell and Detective Patrick Gleason are specially assigned to this case.

Woman Gives Fraudulent Insurance Card to Police

August 5, 2014 by

July 2, 2014: The Philadelphia District Attorneys Office charged 26 year old Jamalla Medley with Insurance Fraud, Criminal Conspiracy, Forgery, Tampering with Records, Securing Execution of Documents by Deception and Unsworn Falsification.

The DA’s Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate Jamalla Medley during the course of an ongoing investigation. Detectives learned that Medley had registered a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix with a fraudulent Access General Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card. Detectives contacted a representative from Access General Insurance Company and learned that the policy used to register the vehicle was fraudulent. Furthermore, on August 12, 2012, Medley presented this same fraudulent card to the Philadelphia Police after being involved in an auto accident in the vicinity of Stenton Avenue and Cardeza Street in Philadelphia. Medley was arrested for two counts of Insurance Fraud, Criminal Conspiracy and Forgery and one count of Tampering with Records, Securing Execution of Documents by Deception and Unsworn Falsification on July 2, 2014. Medley is next scheduled for a status listing on July 22, 2014.

ADA Dawn Farrell and Detective Patrick Gleason of IFU are specially assigned to this case.

Philadelphia Municipal Court.

Insurance Fraud Arrest

August 5, 2014 by

July 1, 2014: Philadelphia Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate 32 year old Stefan Powell during the course of an ongoing investigation. Detectives learned that Powell had registered a 2003 Pontiac Montana with a fraudulent Sentinel Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card. Detectives contacted a representative from The Hartford Insurance Company, of whom Sentinel Insurance is a subsidiary, and learned the policy used to register the vehicle was fraudulent. Powell was arrested for Insurance Fraud, Criminal Conspiracy, Forgery, Tampering with Records, Securing Execution of Documents by Deception and Unsworn Falsification on July 1, 2014. Powell is next scheduled for a status listing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on July 21, 2014.

ADA Dawn Farrell and Detective Patrick Gleason of IFU are specially assigned to this case.

34 Year Old Philadelphia Man charged with Insurance Fraud

August 5, 2014 by

July 9, 2014: 34 year old Lashawn Graves has been charged with Insurance Fraud, Criminal Conspiracy, Forgery, Tampering with Records, Securing Execution of Documents by Deception, and Unsworn Falsification.

Philadelphia Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate Lashawn Graves during the course of an ongoing investigation. Detectives learned that Graves had registered a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix with a fraudulent Sentinel Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card. Detectives contacted a representative from The Hartford Insurance Company, of whom Sentinel Insurance is a subsidiary, and learned that the policy used to register the vehicle was fraudulent. Graves was arrested for Insurance Fraud, Criminal Conspiracy and Forgery, Tampering with Records, Securing Execution of Documents by Deception and Unsworn Falsification on July 9, 2014. Graves is next scheduled for a status listing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on July 15, 2014.

Detective Patrick Gleason and ADA Dawn Farrell of IFU are specially assigned to this case.


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