Archive for the ‘Insurance Fraud Arrest’ Category

Arrest in “Fake” Allstate Claim

March 19, 2014

March 17, 2014:  Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate 49 year old Nathaniel Brown after receiving a fraud referral from Allstate Insurance Company. On December 28, 2011, Brown reported that his 2000 Mercury Villager was stolen from 100 East Rittenhouse Street in Philadelphia. Brown further claimed that inside of the Villager were a forty-two inch SONY television and a portable DVD player. In support of his claim, Brown submitted a receipt for the television and DVD player to Allstate which alleged that the electronics had been purchased at Lowill’s Jewelry Pawn Shop for over six hundred dollars. Allstate investigators interviewed the owner of Lowill’s Jewelry Pawn Shop who stated that Nathaniel Brown had never been a customer of her business. Detectives also contacted the owner of the pawn shop who once again stated that she had never sold a television or DVD player to Brown. Brown was then arrested for Insurance Fraud, Attempted Theft by Deception and Forgery. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on March 24, 2014.

 ADA Vicki Markovitz and Detective Gilbert Brook of the IFU are specially assigned to this case.

Woman with Extensive Claim History Charged with Fraudulent Injury Lawsuit Against SEPTA

March 19, 2014

March 12, 2014:  The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has charged 56 year old Sandra McCrea with Insurance Fraud and Attempted Theft by Deception.

Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate Sandra McCrea after receiving a fraud referral from SEPTA. On August 29, 2011, McCrea was a passenger on the SEPTA Route XH bus which was stopped at the intersection of Greene Street and School House Lane in Philadelphia when a truck struck the driver’s side mirror of the bus and then continued en route. The Route XH operator appraised the damage and indicated on her report that the bus had only suffered minor scratches to the driver’s side mirror frame. The operator further reported that none of the passengers present on the bus appeared or claimed to be injured. Neither police nor paramedics responded to this incident.

Despite the initial lack of reported injuries, SEPTA received notification that McCrea retained counsel to represent her in a personal injury claim against SEPTA. McCrea’s counsel alleged that she had suffered injuries to her right shoulder, right knee and lower back as a result of this incident. Detectives retrieved McCrea’s medical records which indicate that she sought physical therapy on twenty occasions between September and November of 2011 for injuries to her back, knee and shoulder. McCrea’s alleged injuries are further described on her SEPTA incident card where she wrote that she had been thrown up and back in her seat and hit her knee on a pole. Surveillance footage from the Route XH bus contradicts McCrea’s claim and establishes that although a white truck did make contact with the exterior mirror of the bus, none of the twenty-one passengers appeared to be injured or disturbed in anyway.

When filing this fraudulent personal injury claim with SEPTA, McCrea initially provided a fraudulent name and false biographical information in order to conceal her extensive claims history. McCrea formerly filed over ten personal injury claims against SEPTA which cost the company over one hundred thousand dollars to settle. Based on video footage and witness interviews, McCrea was arrested for Attempted Theft by Deception and Insurance Fraud on March 11, 2014. She is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on March 21, 2014.

ADA Debra Naish and Detective Donald Murtha of IFU are specially assigned to this case.

Fraud Arrest for 2010 “Fake” Injury Claim

March 19, 2014

March 10, 2014:  Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) investigated Barry Butler after receiving a referral from SEPTA. On October 20, 2010, the SEPTA route 23 bus was stopped at the intersection of Germantown and Glenwood Avenues where it was discharging passengers. While the bus was stopped, a red van pulled in front of the bus and blocked it from resuming its route. The driver of the red van reported that the route 23 bus had struck and damaged his driver’s side mirror as the two vehicles passed each other while traveling in opposite directions on Germantown Avenue. The operator of the Route 23 bus did not believe he ever made contact with the red van. The red van’s mirror appeared to be cracked, but the bus had no damage. Despite the driver’s lack of perceived contact, SEPTA’s rules of operation required that he hand out incident forms to the passengers on the bus at the time of the alleged incident. The operator stated that no passengers reported being injured.

Butler subsequently retained counsel to file a claim against SEPTA for personal injuries which he claimed he sustained while he was a passenger on the route 23 bus. Butler’s counsel alleged that Butler injured his neck, head, back and both knees as a result of this incident. Butler’s counsel submitted medical bills in excess of sixteen thousand dollars for treatment allegedly resulting from this incident. SEPTA denied Butler’s claim on the basis of surveillance footage.

IFU detectives reviewed video surveillance footage from the route 23 bus that was recorded at the time of the incident. The video footage shows the red van pulling in front of the bus as well as the moment when the two vehicles pass each other on Germantown Avenue. The detectives could not determine whether there had been contact between the two vehicles.  However, the video shows that the bus never made any sudden or unusual movements; it did not jerk, swerve or suddenly slow down and no passengers seem to be affected throughout the course of the video.

 Barry Butler was arrested for Insurance Fraud and Attempted Theft by Deception on March 10, 2014. He is next listed for a status hearing on March 14, 2014 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

ADA Dawn Farrell and Detective Karl Supperer of IFU are specially assigned to this case.

Fraud Arrest for Fraudulent SEPTA Injury Lawsuit

March 19, 2014

March 5, 2014:  51 year old Vincent Burton is facing Insurance Fraud and Attempted Theft by Deception Charges.

Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate Vincent Burton for insurance fraud after receiving a fraud referral from SEPTA. On August 29, 2011, Burton was a passenger on the SEPTA Route XH bus which was stopped at the intersection of Greene Street and School House Lane in Philadelphia when a truck struck the driver’s side mirror of the bus and then continued en route. The Route XH operator appraised the damage and indicated on her report that the bus had only suffered minor scratches to the driver’s side mirror frame. The operator further reported that none of the passengers present on the bus appeared or claimed to be injured. Neither police nor paramedics responded to this incident.

Despite the initial lack of reported injuries, SEPTA received notification that Burton had retained private counsel to represent him in a personal injury claim. Burton’s counsel alleged that Burton had been a passenger on the Route XH bus on the date of the incident and had injured his back upon the supposed impact. Burton sought medical treatment on more than twenty-five occasions between August of 2011 and January of 2012. Burton reported to his doctor that he suffered injuries to his neck, shoulder and lower back after the bus was sideswiped by a car. Medical records indicate that Burton described his pain as aching, miserable and constant and that his bills for treatment exceeded seventy-nine hundred dollars.  Burton’s counsel demanded that SEPTA issue payments of five thousand dollars for medical bills and sixteen thousand dollars for pain and suffering. SEPTA denied Burton’s claim on the basis of surveillance footage from the SEPTA Route XH bus.

 Surveillance footage from the Route XH bus established that although a white truck did make contact with the exterior mirror of the bus, none of the twenty-one passengers appeared to be injured or disturbed in any way. Based on video footage and witness interviews, Burton was arrested for Attempted Theft by Deception and Insurance Fraud on March 4, 2014. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on March 10, 2014.

ADA Debra Naish and Detective Donald Murtha of the IFU are specially assigned to this case.

Philadelphia Woman Files Fraudulent Insurance Claim

February 7, 2014

Janaury 30, 2014:  30 year old Tisha McIver is now facing Insurance Fraud and Theft by Deception charges.

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate Tisha McIver after receiving a fraud referral from Farmers Insurance Company. On January 29, 2013, McIver called Farmers Insurance Company and reported that her Chrysler 300 was hit from behind while she was driving. McIver alleged that her vehicle was pushed into a pole at the intersection of 25th Street and Indiana Avenue and sustained damages to the front and rear ends of the car. Farmers Insurance Company issued payments in excess of eleven thousand dollars in connection to this claim; however, the investigation revealed that these damages actually occurred prior to McIver’s policy inception.

Detectives reviewed McIver’s Farmers Insurance claim file which indicated that her policy had been opened on January 28, 2013. Also included in McIver’s claim file was a tow receipt for the damaged Chrysler which was dated January 28, 2013, a day prior to the alleged date of accident. A Philadelphia Police Non-Reportable Accident Report which was also included in the claim history indicated that on January 27, 2013, an officer responded to an accident on 24th Street which involved McIver’s silver Chrysler 300 striking a parked 2000 Lincoln Town Car. The force of this accident caused the parked Lincoln to then strike a Dodge which was parked in front of it. A male driving the Chrysler then fled the scene only to return shortly after in an attempt to retrieve the Chrysler’s front bumper and grill which remained on the street following the accident. The male driver was then arrested for DUI.

Based on the tow receipt, police report and statement, detectives concluded that McIver opened a policy with Farmers Insurance on January 29, 2013 and then filed a claim for damages to her Chrysler 300 which occurred while her boyfriend was driving the uninsured vehicle under the influence on January 27, 2013. McIver was arrested for Insurance Fraud and Theft by Deception on January 7, 2014 and is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on February 4, 2014.

 Detective Donald Murtha and ADA Debra Naish of the IFU are specially assigned to this case.

Man Uses Young Son to File Fraudulent Insurance Claim

February 7, 2014

January 24, 2014:  The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has charged 51 year old Abdel-Karim Odeh with Insurance Fraud, Attempted Theft by Deception, and Corruption of Minors.

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate Abdel-Karim Odeh after receiving a referral from Infinity Insurance Company. On February 23, 2010, Odeh reported to Infinity Insurance Company that he and his son had been driving on Broad Street in Philadelphia when they were carjacked at gunpoint, robbed of over five hundred dollars and driven to an empty lot at which point they escaped on foot. The Infinity claim file included an affidavit of theft for Odeh’s 1998 Ford Econoline van as well as photographs of the damaged vehicle once it had been allegedly recovered. Damages to the van were estimated to cost over thirteen hundred dollars to repair; however, Infinity denied the claim once they discovered that Odeh had made several fraudulent misrepresentations.

The investigation revealed that on February 21, 2010, Odeh had parked his Ford Econoline in an empty lot on Bott Street in Philadelphia and proceeded to vandalize the van with the assistance of his twelve-year old son. While in the midst of damaging the vehicle, Odeh was interrupted by a citizen. Odeh then swung at this citizen with a hammer and was later arrested for simple assault. When officers went to Odeh’s residence in order that the citizen could identify him, they discovered that the police were already present and taking a theft report from Odeh for his Ford Econoline. Two days later, Odeh reported this fraudulent claim to Infinity Insurance Company.

Abdel-Karim Odeh was arrested for Attempted Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud and Corruption of Minors on January 24, 2014. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on March 3, 2014 for a status hearing.

 Detective Patrick Gleason and ADA Vicki Markovitz of IFU are specially assigned to this case.

Philadelphia Man Uses Fraudulent Insurance Card at Car Stop

February 7, 2014

January 15, 2014:  21 year old Jahsan Truitt is now facing Insurance Fraud and Forgery charges.

 The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate Jahsan Truitt after receiving a referral from the Philadelphia Police Department 18th District. On October 16, 2013, two police officers were conducting a vehicle investigation in the area of 59th and Ludlow Streets. During the course of their investigation, they stopped Truitt’s 2001 Ford and he presented the officers with an Infinity Insurance financial responsibility identification card. The officers then contacted Infinity Insurance and were told that the policy was not valid. The officers then referred the case to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU).

Detectives retrieved Penndot documents which revealed that the 2001 Ford belonged to Truitt and had been registered with the same fraudulent Infinity Insurance financial responsibility identification card. Detectives then contacted a representative from Infinity Insurance who confirmed that the listed policy number was not valid. Truitt was arrested for Insurance Fraud and Forgery on January 15, 2014 and is next scheduled to appear for a status listing on February 10, 2014 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

Philadelphia Man Charged with Fraudulent Insurance Card

February 7, 2014

January 13, 2014:  The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has charged 26 year old Isaiah Mack with Insurance Fraud, Forgery, and Unsworn Falsifying.

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate Isaiah Mack after receiving a referral from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Trial Unit. The referral indicated that on February 5, 2013, Mack was involved in two accidents while driving his 1994 Buick. During one of these accidents, Mack presented an Access Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card to an officer which was later deemed invalid. Detectives retrieved Mack’s certified title history which indicated that Mack had used this fraudulent financial responsibility card to register his Buick on July 30, 2012. Detectives contacted a representative from Access Insurance Company who confirmed that the listed policy number was not connected to a valid account nor did Mack hold any other policies with the company.  

Mack was arrested for Insurance Fraud, Forgery and Unsworn Falsifying on January 13, 2014. Mack waived his preliminary hearing and is next scheduled to be formally arraigned in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on February 11, 2014.

ADA John Doyle and Detective Gilbert Brook are specially assigned to this case.

 

Couple Conspires on Fraudulent Claim with AIG Insurance

February 7, 2014

January 14, 2014: 46 year old Regina Anderson and 57 year old Ronald Coleman are now facing Insurance Fraud and Criminal Conspiracy charges.

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) Detectives began to investigate Ronald Coleman and Regina Anderson after receiving a referral from an anonymous citizen regarding the couple’s fraudulent activity. Detectives learned that on March 17, 2009, Coleman reported to AIG Insurance Company that his unoccupied truck had slipped gears and rolled backwards into his partner, Regina Anderson. Anderson allegedly sustained injuries to her back and head and proceeded to seek medical treatment. Anderson reported to AIG insurance that she had been feeding the family dogs when Coleman’s truck rolled backwards and caused her to fall, injuring her back and head. The investigation revealed that both Coleman and Anderson conspired in an attempt to defraud AIG Insurance Company. Coleman had been operating the truck with an expired license on the date of this incident and although the truck had rolled backwards, Anderson was not injured.

Anderson and Coleman were arrested on January 14, 2010 and January 20, 2010 for Insurance Fraud and Criminal Conspiracy. Both are next listed in Philadelphia Municipal Court on February 7, 2014 for a status hearing.

Detective David Fisher and ADA Debra Naish are specially assigned to this case.

Arrest for False Personal Injury Lawsuit Against SEPTA

February 7, 2014

January 2, 2014:  The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has charged 37 year old Corey Walker with Insurance Fraud, Theft by Deception, Criminal Conspiracy.

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate Corey Walker after receiving a fraud referral from SEPTA. Walker formerly worked as a trolley operator for SEPTA from 2000 to 2003, at which point he was fired. Walker’s wife also works for SEPTA and currently serves as a transportation manager at the Elmwood Station. On June 22, 2011, Mrs. Walker reported to the SEPTA Inspector General’s Office that her husband, Corey Walker, was in the process of filing a fraudulent personal injury claim against SEPTA. Mrs. Walker stated that her husband had injured his hand while doing plumbing work but had stated that he was going to file a lawsuit alleging that he had injured his hand while a passenger on SEPTA. The SEPTA Inspector General’s Office then forwarded this fraud referral to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit for review.

The investigation revealed that Walker was involved in a relationship with a trolley operator at the Elmwood Station where Mrs. Walker currently works and Corey Walker previously worked. When Mrs. Walker made her initial referral, she provided SEPTA investigators with the following items which she found in her home: a framed photograph of the operator, a credit card statement in the operator’s name, and a letter from an attorney who represented Walker in a personal injury lawsuit. Detectives retrieved the SEPTA Operator Accident Report that corresponded with Walker’s claim. This report had been filled out by the same operator with whom Walker had contact and stated that on June 16, 2011, an unnamed passenger hit his arm on a pole while on the SEPTA Route 11 trolley. The report further stated that no witnesses were present during this incident despite the fact that the operator later claimed that there were fifty passengers on the trolley on the date when Walker was allegedly injured. When approached by detectives, the operator stated that she is not required to name passengers as long as she documents the incident.

Detectives obtained Walker’s phone records, which indicated that Walker made two phone calls from his cell phone to the operator’s cell phone during June 2011, one of which occurred three days prior to the alleged accident. Walker’s landline records show that during the period between February and May of 2011, Walker made forty-six calls to the operator’s cell phone from his house phone, the majority of which occurred while Mrs. Walker worked her nighttime shift at SEPTA.

Walker retained counsel who filed a personal injury lawsuit against SEPTA on his behalf. Counsel stated that Walker boarded a SEPTA trolley in Darby, Pennsylvania and that the vehicle had pulled away suddenly and caused him to fracture his wrist. Walker’s counsel requested a settlement of fifty thousand dollars in connection to this case. Medical records indicate that Walker visited the Philadelphia Hand Center on June 16, 2011, and complained of right hand and wrist pain after he had attempted to grab a bar. Medical records and letters of attorney representation show inconsistent dates as to when this accident allegedly took place.

 Based on statements, phone records and medical records, Walker was arrested on January 2, 2014 for Insurance Fraud, Attempted Theft by Deception and Conspiracy. He is next scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on February 21, 2014.

ADA Dawn Holtz and Detective Donald Murtha of the IFU are specially assigned to this case.


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