Archive for the ‘Insurance Fraud Arrest’ Category

20 Year Old Philly Man Charged with Insurance Fraud

November 17, 2014

September 30, 2014: Today, Philadelphia Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives charged 20 year old Shawn Smith for registering a 2002 Pontiac with a fraudulent Travelers Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card. On June 18, 2014, a Philadelphia Police Officer from the 39th District stopped Smith during a vehicle/pedestrian investigation. Smith produced a Travelers Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card during the search. The officer called Travelers Insurance Company and they informed him that they do not insure Smith. The officer then referred this case to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit.

Detectives obtained the title history for the 2002 Pontiac and learned that the car had been registered with the same Travelers financial responsibility identification card in April of 2014. Detectives spoke to a representative from Travelers who responded that the company did not insure Smith nor was the listed policy number legitimate. Smith was arrested on September 30, 2014 for Forgery and Insurance Fraud. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on October 16, 2014.

Man Arrested for Conspiring With Wife

November 17, 2014

September 29, 2014: 30 year old Job Boatneg was charged with Insurance Fraud, Theft by Deception, False Reports and Conspiracy by Philadelphia Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives. Job Boateng was arrested in connection to an insurance fraud case in which his wife, Awura Boateng, was previously arrested. Awura Boateng filed a claim with Nationwide Insurance Company alleging that her husband had been driving her BMW when a phantom vehicle cut off their car and caused them to strike a tree. Awura Boateng reported to Nationwide Insurance Company that her car was inoperable and had sustained damages to the front bumper, lights and hood as a result of the accident. The investigation revealed that Job Boateng had repeatedly struck a pole with the BMW in order to create additional damages after the initial collision. Job Boateng was later joined by several other males who helped to strike the BMW with sticks. Job Boateng was arrested for Theft by Deception (F-3), Insurance Fraud (F-3), Conspiracy (F-3) and False Reports (M-2) on September 29, 2014. He is next scheduled for a status listing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on October 6, 2014.

ADA Dawn Farrell and Detective Al Quintile of IFU are specially assigned to this case.

47 Year Old Man Charged with Fraudlent Homeowners Claim

November 17, 2014

September 27, 2014: Philadelphia Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives charged 47 year old Darryl Pickett with filing a fraudulent homeowners claim after he alleged that a burglar stole over forty-eight hundred dollars worth of electronic equipment from his home. On June 14, 2013, Pickett reported to both the Philadelphia Police and State Farm Insurance Company that his home had been burglarized and that electronic devices, including two Apple laptops, over ten video games, and a PlayStation 3, had been stolen from his home. State Farm requested receipts for these purchases. Pickett provided a Best Buy receipt which listed an itemized transaction of over forty-four hundred dollars but did not show a date of purchase or a method of payment. Detectives performed a search warrant on the Best Buy and were told that no information was available on Pickett. Best Buy also included a copy of their receipt format, which was not at all similar to the one Pickett submitted to State Farm. Pickett had also submitted an EB Games receipt for over ten video games and a PlayStation game console. Detectives contacted representatives from Game Stop who stated that they purchased EB Games in 2005 and that the store on the alleged receipt is no longer listed under the old title. Furthermore, the listed address for the alleged Game Stop is a residential property and has been since its construction. In addition, many of the purchased games that Pickett listed on his receipt were not even released until after the date of the supposed purchase. Finally, Game Stop employees stated that Pickett is not an account holder nor did his receipt match their company format. Pickett was arrested for Insurance Fraud and Theft by Deception on September 27, 2014. He is next listed for a status hearing on October 3, 2014 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

ADA Deb Naish and Detective Andrew Snyder of IFU are specially assigned to this case.

Philadelphia Man Use Fake Insurance Card to Get Car out of Impound

November 17, 2014

September 25, 2014: 28 year old Chealley Tardey was arrested by Philadelphia Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives for registering a 1993 Chevrolet with a fraudulent State Farm financial responsibility identification card. On July 1, 2014, Tardey went to the Philadelphia Police Impound Unit and presented a State Farm financial responsibility identification card in order to retrieve his Chevrolet. The sergeant on duty called State Farm Insurance Company and learned that they did not insure Tardey. The sergeant then referred this incident to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit. During the course of the investigation, detectives obtained the title history for the 1993 Chevrolet and learned that the car had been registered with the State Farm financial responsibility card in March of 2014. The title history further revealed that Tardey had registered the same vehicle with an American Independent financial responsibility identification card in March of 2012. Detectives called representatives from both of these companies and learned that neither had ever insured Tardey nor were these policies legitimate. Tardey was arrested on September 25, 2014 for Insurance Fraud and two counts of Forgery. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on October 3, 2014.

ADA Mike Kershaw and Detective Robert Stansfield of the IFU are specially assigned to this case.

23 Year Old Man Charged with Insurance Fraud

November 17, 2014

September 25, 2014: Today, Philadelphia Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives charged 23 year old Khary Carrington with Insurance Fraud, Theft by Deception, and False Reports after receiving a referral from the Philadelphia Police Department Major Crimes Unit. The referral indicated that Carrington fraudulently reported his 2006 Dodge Charger stolen to both the Philadelphia Police and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company despite the fact that he had sold the vehicle to a junk yard two days prior. On July 26, 2013, Carrington reported to the Philadelphia Police that he had parked his car on the 6800 block of Greenway Avenue in Philadelphia and later discovered it was stolen. The Philadelphia Police Vehicle Theft Report stated that the Dodge Charger was valued at about ten thousand dollars and had twenty-five hundred dollars worth of sneakers in his trunk. The police report also indicated that Carrington had reported the theft to his insurer, Liberty Mutual.

Detectives retrieved the claim file from Liberty Mutual which contained a copy of Carrington’s recorded statement. Carrington told the insurance company that his Dodge Charger had been stolen from the 6800 block of Greenway Avenue in Philadelphia and further stated that he had only one set of keys to vehicle, which he allegedly stored in his mother’s Nissan in Upper Darby. An Upper Darby police report revealed that Carrington had reported a theft from a vehicle on July 25, 2013 and had reported that various clothing and four thousand dollars worth of sneakers had been stolen from the vehicle. Detectives then interviewed a tow truck driver for D and J Junkyard who related that Carrington sold him a 2006 Dodge Charger with a defective engine on July 23, 2013 which was crushed on the same day. Detectives also reviewed the tow slip receipt which showed that Carrington had received three hundred and seventy five dollars for selling his Charger two days before he made the theft report.

Khary Carrington was arrested on September 25, 2014 for Insurance Fraud, Theft by Deception and False Reports. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on October 17, 2014.

Detective Gilbert Brooks and ADA Deb Naish of IFU are specially assigned to this case.

55 Year Old Woman Charged with Insurance Fraud

August 15, 2014

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.

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

August 5, 2014

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

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

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

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.


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