TYREE MORRIS FACES MORE THAN 100 YEARS IN JAIL FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND OTHER CHARGES FOR TRYING TO KILL HIS EX-GIRLFRIEND

August 30, 2016 by

PHILADELPHIA (Aug. 30, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today announced that Tyree Morris, age 41, was convicted on Aug. 26, 2016, of Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, Rape, Sexual Assault, Possessing an Instrument of Crime and multiple counts of Violations of the Uniform Firearms Act.

“Tyree Morris raped and tried to kill his ex-girlfriend, and at one point, chased her down the street firing his gun, which could have killed multiple innocent bystanders,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “I would like to thank the jury for their service, Victim Advocate Corrinne Arnosky for assisting throughout the trial, the Philadelphia Police Department and Maryland State Police, and Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Fischer of my Office’s Family Violence & Sexual Assault Unit for their hard work and dedication during the prosecution of this case.”

On Oct. 17, 2015, in Southwest Philadelphia, the defendant restrained and raped his live-in twenty eight year old ex-girlfriend at gunpoint. He also threatened to shoot her nine year old son if she resisted. Eventually, the victim broke free and ran out of the house. The defendant followed, firing a total of seven shots at her as she fled down the street. When the defendant caught up to the victim, he tried to fire an eighth shot, but was out of ammunition, so instead he choked the victim until she lost consciousness and tried to hide her body behind a car before fleeing the scene.

Philadelphia Police eventually spotted the defendant in his car in South Philadelphia where he abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. When they searched the car they found two more firearms. The defendant eventually fled to Maryland where, with the help of U.S. Marshalls, he was eventually found and captured, but not until first leading Maryland State Police on a high speed chase and crashing into a guard rail on I-95.

“One in four women and one in six men will be sexually assaulted before their eighteenth birthday, and each year there are about 213,000 victims of sexual assault in the U.S. Fortunately, help is available by calling the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-866-723-3014 or 9-1-1,” added Williams.

The defendant will be sentenced on December 2, 2016, before the Hon. Glenn B. Bronson. He faces a maximum of 63.5 to 127 years of incarceration and will be a Lifetime Megan’s Law Registrant.

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MAN FILES FRAUDULENT PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM AGAINST SEDGWICK CLAIMS MANAGEMENT

August 19, 2016 by

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Charlton Prince after receiving a referral from Sedgwick Claims Management, a third-party administrator for claims against 7-11. On June 24, 2015, Prince went into the 7-11 located on 1500 JFK Boulevard in Philadelphia and allegedly slipped and fell while inside of the store. Detectives interviewed the 7-11 store manager, as well as a 7-11 field consultant, who were both present when Prince allegedly fell. The store manager stated that Prince told him that he slipped and fell and asked him to call an ambulance. Insurance Fraud Unit detectives retrieved surveillance footage from the 7-11, which shows Prince and another male walking together outside of the store and then enter the 7-11 separately. The man accompanying Prince approached the store’s soda machine and filled a cup with liquid. The male then proceeded to throw the liquid on to the floor. After the man left the store, Prince feigned falling on the spilled liquid as he lowered himself on to the floor. Prince then retained counsel to represent him in an injury claim for alleged injuries to his ankle, lower back, left hip and right elbow. Prince was arrested on August 10, 2016 for filing a fraudulent personal injury claim against 7-11. He was charged with Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud and Criminal Conspiracy and is next scheduled to appear for a status listing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on August 16, 2016.

MAN ARRESTED FOR MISREPRESENTING THE DATE OF AN ACCIDENT TO PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE COMPANY

August 19, 2016 by

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Diontai Lewis after receiving a referral from Progressive Insurance Company. On April 26, 2015, Lewis contacted his insurer, Progressive Insurance Company, and upgraded his policy to include comprehension, collision and rental car reimbursement. On April 27, 2015, Lewis filed a claim for damages to his 2002 Volvo which had been parked on American Street in Philadelphia when it was struck by an unknown vehicle while parked unattended. Lewis uploaded two photographs of the damage to his vehicle with his cell phone and submitted the pictures as part of his claim. Progressive investigators requested metadata from these photographs from Sprint and discovered that the pictures had been taken on April 26, 2015. Insurance Fraud Unit detectives verified with Sprint that the photographs came from a cell phone number belonging to Diontai Lewis. Detectives then determined that Lewis’ Volvo was struck before he added comprehensive and collision to his Progressive policy. Lewis was arrested on May 9, 2016 for misrepresenting the date of the accident in an attempt to have Progressive fix his vehicle. He was charged with Insurance Fraud and Attempted Theft by Deception and is next listed in Philadelphia Municipal Court on September 9, 2016 for a status listing.

PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND COMMUNITY LEADERS PRAISE DECISION TO NAME TARIQ EL-SHABAZZ AS DEPUTY OF INVESTIGATIONS AND NEXT FIRST ASSISTANT

August 11, 2016 by

Announcement ensures smooth transition and community support

PHILADELPHIA (Aug. 11, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today, surrounded by city officials and community leaders, named Tariq El-Shabazz to be the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office’s (DAO) next Deputy for Investigations and next First Assistant District Attorney when the current First Assistant District Attorney George D. Mosee, Jr. retires in December 2016. El-Shabazz will begin as Deputy on September 6, 2016.

Williams’ announcement will fill a current vacancy as the Deputy of Investigations and allow El-Shabazz to gain more familiarity with the Investigations Division and the role of the First Assistant, ensuring continuity with the office’s current First Assistant District Attorney George D. Mosee, Jr. El-Shabazz has decades of award-winning legal experience both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney in addition to being an outspoken voice for justice, fair policing, just prosecutions and open communications with the public.

“It means so much to have these distinguished civic, community and religious leaders join us for today’s announcement. Tariq El-Shabazz was a powerhouse prosecutor years ago and is currently an advocate for a strong connection and two-way communication between our neighborhoods and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. “He will make a great Deputy and, when the time comes, will make an outstanding First Assistant.”

Williams was joined at the announcement by: Richard Ross, Philadelphia Police Commissioner; Curtis Jones, Philadelphia Councilman, 4th District; Jewell Williams, Philadelphia Sherriff; Alyn Waller, Senior Pastor of the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church; Cody Anderson, Community Activist; Saddiq Abdul-Jabbar, Philadelphia Human Rights Commission; Qasim Rashad, General Council, United Muslim Masjid; and Darryl Schuler, Community Organizer; Rev. Dr.

The Investigations Division currently houses the Philadelphia District Attorney’s (DAO) Office’s Special Investigations, Insurance Fraud, Economic and Cyber Crime, Government Fraud and the Dangerous Drug Offender Units.

“Thank you Mr. District Attorney for this opportunity, it is nothing short of an honor to join your team and to continue the good work that you and the Investigations Division are doing,” said El-Shabazz. “The work that we will do for the citizens of this great City will, as you have often said, continue to be done with integrity, justice and transparency with the hope that we will keep strengthening the all-important relationship between the community and the District Attorney’s Office.”

Earlier this year Philadelphia Council President Darrell Clarke appointed Mr. El-Shabazz, along with local community and political leaders, to a special commission to study ways to reform Philadelphia’s criminal justice system. El-Shabazz was the Managing and Founding Partner of El-Shabazz + Harris, LLC. and has more than 28-years of experience with civil and criminal litigation in Federal and State Court. He has tried over 1,000 jury trials and in 2005 was selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer.

Tariq has also built a reputation as a legal expert, appearing on dozens of local and national television and radio shows. As a community leader, he frequently participates in legal forums, many on the impact of the criminal justice system on Philadelphia’s African-American community. He also mentors young African-American men through community-based boxing and football programs.

Before going into private practice, El-Shabazz was an Assistant District Attorney (ADA) in the DAO for five years. While in the office he received the Prosecutorial Merit Award. He is a graduate of Hofstra University and the University of Baltimore Law Center, and will reside in the Mt. Airy section of the City.

“No words can express my admiration and thanks for the good work George Mosee has done for this office and me personally. His skill and heart are unmatched, and when he retires at the end of the year he will be sorely missed by all 600 employees including our attorneys and critical staff,” added Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. “By making today’s announcement before George retires, I can make sure his vision and diplomacy continues after his retirement and there is a seamless transition to his successor.”

George Mosee was appointed as the office’s First Assistant District Attorney in November of 2015. From 2002 to 2015, Mosee was the Deputy District Attorney in charge of the Juvenile Division of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. The Juvenile Division includes the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Program, Juvenile Prosecution Unit, Habitual Offender Unit, Child Support Unit and Youth Aid Panels. Mosee joined the office in 1988 and served in various units including Motions, Major Trials, Federal Alternatives to State Trials as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, Asset Forfeiture as Chief, and Chief of the Dangerous Drug Offender Unit. From 1995 to 2002, Mr. Mosee was the Deputy District Attorney in charge of the Narcotics Division.

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PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHARGES 32 INDIVIDUALS AND 3 CORPORATIONS IN MASSIVE AUTO THEFT AND INSURANCE FRAUD RING

August 10, 2016 by

PHILADELPHIA (Aug. 10, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today announced that after a review by an Investigating Grand Jury, he is charging 32 people and three corporations for participating in an auto theft ring that stole, replated, relisted and resold 45 vehicles. A list of the defendants, corporations and their charges is attached.

“Faked inspections, replaced vehicle identification numbers and more than one hundred fraudulent insurance cards made it possible for this criminal organization to steal and resell 45 cars. This scheme cost local rental-car companies more than $500,000 and more than $60,000 in fraudulent insurance claims were paid out,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. “This was a methodical, time consuming investigation, so I’d like to thank the men and women of the Investigating Grand Jury, the Major Crimes Auto Squad at the Philadelphia Police Department, state police and agents at the National Insurance Crime Bureau, and my Insurance Fraud Unit for working so hard to bring these 32 defendants to justice.”

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office’s (DAO) investigation found that these 32 defendants resold 45 replated vehicles that were disguised with repurposed vehicle identification numbers (VINs) from salvaged vehicles. All but eight of the stolen vehicles were owned by Philadelphia area Hertz, Enterprise, Alamo, National, Avis, Budget and Dollar/Thrifty car rental branches. The remainder came from owners who fraudulently reported their vehicles stolen to collect insurance money. After being replated and relisted, the stolen vehicles were often sold to unsuspecting buyers.

“Insurance fraud impacts all of us. The Philadelphia Police Auto Squad in conjunction with our state and local partners, have done an excellent job at identifying these crimes. I am very proud of the collaboration and how it has dramatically reduced auto theft and fraud related crimes,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross.

“The sellers of these stolen cars paid anywhere from $500 to $2000 for the salvaged VINs and then turned around and sold the cars from anywhere between $5,000 to $20,000; sometimes tripling their investment,” added Williams.

The unlawful enterprise centered on a business known as Cheap Auto, which was operated by Jihad Miller and Preston Thomas, both of whom were registered buyers at Copart, which is an online auction distributor of salvaged vehicles. The pair would purchase salvaged vehicles for the sole purpose of taking their VIN plates and illegally replacing them with the stolen cars’ VIN plate. Jihad and Preston would then sell the replated vehicles themselves or in conjunction with other sellers: Tyrell Butler, Melvin Hicks, Frederick Miller and Keith Mills.

The defendants who conspired with the organization by renting cars for the purpose of stealing or by giving up their own cars up to make fraudulent insurance claims were: Shawntia Barnes, James Harris, Jeanine Herring, Shaderah McFarland, Larnessha Richmond, Jamilah Seward, Patrice Thomas, Karriem Upshur, Brandon Wesley, Marcel Chase White, Jay Johnson, Lisa Layne and Nasir Sadat Robertson.

The fraudulent insurance claims were paid by Allstate, Nationwide, Geico, Capitol Insurance and Infinity. The DAO also found that the group created more than 100 fake insurance cards. Some of the people who used them were: Tyrell Butler, Shintay Davis, Clayton Ferris, Brittney Glass, Rekia Glass, Melvin Hicks, Jay Johnson, Jihad Miller, Manez Ricketts, Michelle Sallas-Mensah, Nakia Simpson, Naeema Thomas, Patrice Thomas, Preston Thomas, Shawynna Tucker, Eric Washington and Karriem Upshur.

In order to sell the vehicles, the conspirators needed to create new titles and registrations. A reconstructed title can only be obtained after a car is inspected by an enhanced vehicle inspector. So, the group enlisted enhanced inspectors to overlook the fact that the illegally replated vehicles were brand new cars, not in need of an enhanced inspection. The enhanced inspectors also falsely certified that various repairs were completed and parts were replaced, when in fact no such repairs were ever made. Fake repair bills were used by the inspectors and a fraudulently obtained reconstructed title was issued. One such enhanced inspector was also a certified tag agent who notarized the necessary documentation, and sent it to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to facilitate the issuing of the reconstructed title.

The inspectors who were working in conjunction with the replaters and sellers to falsify the enhanced inspections were Derrick Hook through his business Top of the Line Auto. Alimamy Kamara and Abu Kamara were both enhanced inspectors through Kamara Automotive and Bimco Tag Agency.

All defendants have been arrested except for Karriem Upshur who fraudulently registered 17 vehicles with fake insurance policies. If anyone has information about the whereabouts of Karriem Upshur please call Detective Patrick Gleason at 215-686-8737 or Detective Jack Logan at 215-685-9137. He can also surrender to any local police district.

 

Charges Listed by Defendant

Jihad Miller

Corrupt organization (F1) 1 count

Theft by deception (F3) 45 counts

Altering or destruction of vehicle identification number (F3) 45 counts

Disposition of vehicle with altered vehicle identification number (F3) 45 counts

Tampering with public records or information (F3) 45 counts

Conspiracy (F1)

Insurance fraud (F3) 5 counts

Forgery (F3) 5 counts

Unsworn falsifications to authorities 5 counts

Tampering with public records or information (M2) 5 counts

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2) 3 counts

False reports (M2) 3 counts

 

Preston Thomas

Corrupt organization (F1)

Theft by deception (F3) 45 counts

Altering or destruction of vehicle identification number (F3) 45 counts

Disposition of vehicle with altered vehicle identification number (F3) 45 counts

Tampering with public records or information (F3) 45 counts

Conspiracy (F1)

Insurance fraud (F3)

Forgery (F3)

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2)

Tampering with public records or information (M2)

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2) 3 counts

False reports (M2) 3 counts

 

Tyrell Butler    

Corrupt organization (F1)

Theft by deception (F3) 3 counts

Altering or destruction of vehicle identification number (F3) 3 counts

Disposition of vehicle with altered vehicle identification number (F3) 3 counts

Tampering with public records or information (F3) 3 counts

False reports (M3)

Conspiracy (F1)

Insurance fraud (F3) 3 counts

Forgery (F3) 3 counts

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2) 3 counts

Tampering with public records or information (M2) 3 counts

 

Melvin Hicks  

Corrupt organization (F1)

Theft by deception (F3) 5 counts

Altering or destruction of vehicle identification number (F3) 5 counts

Disposition of vehicle with altered vehicle identification number (F3) 5 counts

Tampering with public records or information (F3) 5 counts

Conspiracy (F)

Insurance fraud (F3)

Forgery (F3)

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2)

Tampering with public records or information (M2)

 

Frederick Miller          

Corrupt organization (F1)

Theft by deception (F3) 5 counts

Altering or destruction of vehicle identification number (F3) 5 counts

Disposition of vehicle with altered vehicle identification number (F3) 5 counts

Tampering with public records or information (F3) 5 counts

Conspiracy (F)

 

Keith Mills       

Corrupt organization (F1)

Theft by deception (F3) 2 counts

Altering or destruction of vehicle identification number (F3) 2 counts

Disposition of vehicle with altered vehicle identification number (F3) 2 counts

Tampering with public records or information (F3) 2 counts

Conspiracy (F1)

Receiving stolen property (F3) 2 counts

Chop shop (F2)

 

Derrick Hook 

Corrupt organization (F1)

Theft by deception (F3) 16 counts

Disposition of vehicle with altered vehicle identification number (F3) 16 counts

Insurance fraud (F3) 16 counts

Forgery (F3) 16 counts

Tampering with public records or information (F3) 16 counts

Conspiracy 18 Pa. C.S.A. § 903 (F1)

Corrupt organization (F1)

Theft by deception (F3) 16 counts

Disposition of vehicle with altered vehicle identification number (F3) 16 counts

Insurance fraud (F3) 16 counts

Forgery (F3) 16 counts

Tampering with public records or information (F3) 16 counts

Conspiracy (F1)

 

Top of the Line Auto (Incorporated by Derrick Hook)

Corrupt organization (F1)

Theft by deception (F3) 16 counts

Disposition of vehicle with altered vehicle identification number (F3) 16 counts

Insurance fraud (F3) 6 counts

Forgery (F3) 16 counts

Tampering with public records or information (F3) 16 counts

Conspiracy (F1)

 

Abu Kamara

Corrupt organization (F1)

Theft by deception (F3) 6 counts

Disposition of vehicle with altered vehicle identification number (F3) 6 counts

Insurance fraud (F3) 6 counts

Forgery (F3) 6 counts

Tampering with public records or information (F3) 6 counts

Conspiracy (F1)

 

Alimamy Kamara

Corrupt organization (F1)

Theft by deception (F3) 6 counts

Disposition of vehicle with altered vehicle identification number (F3) 6 counts

Insurance fraud 4117 (F3) 6 counts

Forgery (F3) 6 counts

Tampering with public records or information (F3) 6 counts

Conspiracy (F1)

 

Kamara Automotive (Incorporated by Alimamy Kamara)

Corrupt organization (F1)

Theft by deception (F3) 6 counts

Disposition of vehicle with altered vehicle identification number (F3) 6 counts

Insurance fraud (F3) 6 counts

Forgery (F3) 6 counts

Tampering with public records or information (F3) 6 counts

Conspiracy (F1)

 

Bimco Tag Agency (Incorporated by Alimamy Kamara)

Corrupt organization (F1)

Theft by deception (F3) 6 counts

Disposition of vehicle with altered vehicle identification number (F3) 6 counts

Insurance fraud (F3) 6 counts

Forgery (F3) 6 counts

Tampering with public records or information (F3) 6 counts

Conspiracy (F1)

 

Marcel Chase White              

Corrupt organization (F1)

Theft by deception (F3) 2 counts

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2) 2 counts

False reports (M2) 2 counts

Conspiracy (F1)

 

Larnessha Richmond             

Corrupt organization (F1)

Theft by deception (F3) 3 counts

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2) 3 counts

False reports (M2) 3 counts

Conspiracy (F1)

 

Jamilah Seward         

Corrupt organization (F1)

Theft by deception (F3) 4 counts

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2) 4 counts

False reports (M2) 4 counts

Conspiracy (F1)

 

Patrice Thomas         

Corrupt organization (F1)

Theft by deception (F3) 3 counts

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2)

False reports (M2)

Conspiracy (F)

Insurance fraud (F3) 2 counts

Forgery (F3) 2 counts

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2) 2 counts

Tampering with public records or information (M2) 2 counts

 

Shaderah McFarland                         

Corrupt organization  (F1)

Theft by deception (F3) 3 counts

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2) 3 counts

False reports (M2) 3 counts

Conspiracy (F1)

 

Karriem Upshur         

Corrupt organization (F1)

Theft by deception (F3)

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2)

False reports (M2)

Conspiracy (F1)

Insurance fraud (F3) 17 counts

Forgery (F3) 17 counts

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2) 17 counts

Tampering with public records or information (M2) 17 counts

 

Jeanine Herring         

Corrupt organization (F1)

Theft by deception (F3) 2 counts

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2) 2 counts

False reports (M2) 2 counts

Conspiracy (F1)

 

Brandon Wesley        

Corrupt organization (F1)

Theft by deception (F3) 3 counts

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2) 3 counts

False reports (M2) 3 counts

Conspiracy (F1)

 

Shawntia Barnes        

Theft by deception (F3)

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2)

False reports (M2)

Conspiracy (F1)

 

James Harris 

Theft by deception (F3)

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2)

False reports (M2)

Conspiracy (F1)

 

Jay Johnson  

Corrupt organization (F1)

Theft by deception (F3)

Insurance fraud (F3) 3 counts

Forgery (F3) 2 counts

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2) 3 counts

False reports (M2)

Conspiracy (F)

Tampering with public records or information (M2) 2 counts

 

Lisa Layne      

Theft by deception (F3)

Insurance fraud (F3)

Forgery (F3)

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2)

False reports (M2)

Conspiracy (F1)

 

Nasir Sadat Robertson          

VUFA: Persons Not to Possess (F2)

Theft by deception (F3)

Insurance fraud (F3)

Forgery (F3)

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2)

False reports (M2)

Conspiracy (F1)

 

Shintay Davis

Insurance fraud (F3)

Forgery (F3)

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2)

Tampering with public records or information (M2)

 

Clayton Ferris

Insurance fraud (F3) 2 counts

Forgery (F3) 2 counts

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2) 2 counts

Tampering with public records or information (M2) 2 counts

 

Brittney Glass

Insurance fraud (F3) 2 counts

Forgery (F3) 2 counts

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2) 2 counts

Tampering with public records or information (M2) 2 counts

 

Rekia Glass

Insurance fraud (F3) 6 counts

Forgery (F3) 6 counts

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2) 6 counts

Tampering with public records or information (M2) 6 counts

 

Manez Ricketts

Insurance fraud (F3) 3 counts

Forgery (F3) 3 counts

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2) 3 counts

Tampering with public records or information (M2) 3 counts

 

Michelle Sallas-Mensah

Insurance fraud (F3)

Forgery (F3)

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2)

Tampering with public records or information (M2)

 

Nakia Simpson

Insurance fraud (F3)

Forgery (F3)

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2)

Tampering with public records or information (M2)

 

Naeema Thomas

Insurance fraud (F3) 2 counts

Forgery (F3) 2 counts

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2) 2 counts

Tampering with public records or information (M2) 2 counts

 

Shawynna Tucker 

Insurance fraud (F3) 2 counts

Forgery (F3) 2 counts

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2) 2 counts

Tampering with public records or information (M2) 2 counts

 

Eric Washington

Insurance fraud (F3) 3 counts

Forgery 3 counts

Unsworn falsifications to authorities (M2) 3 counts

Tampering with public records or information (M2) 3 counts

PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S STATEMENT ON DECISION TO RETRY MONSIGNOR WILLIAM LYNN

August 2, 2016 by

PHILADELPHIA (Aug. 2, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today issued the following statement on his decision to retry Monsignor William Lynn:

Today in court, we announced that the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office will retry Monsignor Lynn on the charge of Endangering the Welfare of Children. The appellate court recently ordered that the case be remanded for a new trial. There is substantial evidence, including testimony from the defendant himself, to establish his guilt. A retrial is the right thing to do in the pursuit of justice.

To the victims, their families and the citizens of our region; know that my Office takes the charges of institutional sexual abuse extremely seriously. I will continue to use every available legal option at my disposal to prosecute pedophile priests and those who shield them to the fullest extent of the law.

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WOMAN FRAUDULENTLY REPORTS VEHICLE STOLEN TO THE PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT AND USAA INSURANCE COMPANY  

July 28, 2016 by

 

 

 

Charges:

Theft by Deception 18 Pa C.S. § 3922 – F3

Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 – F3

Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 – M1

False Reports 18 Pa C.S. § 4906 – M3

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Georgeanne Leuzzi after receiving a referral from the Howell Township Police Department. On April 27, 2014, Howell Township police officers arrested Angelo Leuzzi for theft and impounded the 2011 Cadillac CTS that he was driving. In August 2014, Angelo’s wife, Georgeanne Leuzzi, reported the vehicle stolen to both the Philadelphia Police Department and USAA Insurance Company despite knowing that the car had been impounded by the Howell Township Police Department.

On August 6, 2014, Georgeanne Leuzzi, reported her Cadillac CTS stolen to the Philadelphia Police Department. Leuzzi told police that she had parked her vehicle about one block from her residence in May 2014 and then discovered the vehicle was missing in August 2014. Leuzzi further stated that she had not checked on the vehicle during this three month period between May 2014 and August 2014. Two days after reporting her vehicle stolen to the police, Leuzzi called USAA Insurance Company to file a claim for her stolen vehicle. Leuzzi confirmed to the USAA representative that she had not seen her vehicle in two months and had only discovered it was missing in August 2014. On August 21, USAA notified Leuzzi that they had settled her claim but stated that she was responsible for notifying USAA if law enforcement determined where her vehicle was located. Leuzzi responded by submitting power of attorney forms granting USAA permission to sign for or transfer her vehicle. USAA then issued a payment of twenty-five thousand two hundred and forty dollars to PNC Bank to settle Leuzzi’s loan for the 2011 Cadillac CTS.

The investigation revealed that Leuzzi knew where her vehicle was located when she filed her theft claim despite USAA’s disclosure that she must notify them if law enforcement found her vehicle. Insurance Fraud Unit detectives spoke to a police officer from Howell Township who stated that Georgeanne Leuzzi had contacted him and requested the return of her vehicle. The officer stated that Leuzzi should contact the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Forfeiture Unit. On June 23, 2014, Leuzzi contacted a prosecutor from this office about the return of her vehicle and was told that the vehicle was used in commission of a crime and was therefore subject to forfeiture. Cell phone records establish that Leuzzi did call both the Howell Township Police Department and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Leuzzi was arrested on July 20, 2016 for reporting her vehicle stolen when she knew the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Forfeiture Unit was in possession of her vehicle. She was charged with a felony count of Insurance Fraud, a misdemeanor count of Insurance Fraud, Theft by Deception and False Reports to Law Enforcement Authorities. She is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on September 6, 2016

WOMAN FRAUDULENTLY REPORTS VEHICLE STOLEN TO THE PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT AND STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANY

July 28, 2016 by

 

Charges:

Theft by Deception 18 Pa C.S. § 3922 – F3

Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 – F3

False Reports 18 Pa C.S. § 4906 – M2

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Darlene Wright after receiving a referral from the Philadelphia Police Department Major Crimes Unit. On August 5, 2015, Wright reported her 2006 Toyota Sienna stolen to the Philadelphia Police Department. On August 3, 2015, Wright called State Farm Insurance Company and stated that her vehicle was missing from the vicinity of 10th and Duncannon Streets in Philadelphia. However, in a later recorded statement with State Farm, Wright admitted that she had received notice from the Philadelphia Police Department on August 10, 2016 that her Sienna had been found and impounded. Officers later learned that the 2006 Toyota Sienna had been sold to Big Head Auto Salvage located on the 3500 block of South 61st Street in Philadelphia. An employee of the salvage yard provided a copy of the date book showing the transaction. The investigation revealed that Wright attempted to report her vehicle stolen when she had previously sold the vehicle. She was arrested on July 5, 2016 and charged with Attempted Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud and False Reports. She is next scheduled for a status listing on August 2, 2016 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

MAN CHARGED FOR REGISTERING A VEHICLE WITH A FRAUDULENT AMERICAN INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IDENTIFICATION CARD

July 28, 2016 by

 

Charges:

Forgery 18 Pa C.S. § 4101 – F3

Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 – F3

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Antoine Laster after receiving an insurance fraud referral from a citizen. During the course of investigating a 1994 Mercury, detectives learned from the car’s Penndot title history that Laster had registered the 1994 Mercury with an American Independent Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card. Detectives called a representative from American Independent Insurance Company and learned that Laster was never insured by the company and that the listed policy number corresponded to a policy owned by another customer. Laster was arrested for Insurance Fraud and Forgery on July 10, 2016. He is next scheduled to appear for a status listing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on July 18, 2016.

 

 

MAN FILES FRAUDULENT PERSONAL INJURY CASE AGAINST SEPTA

July 28, 2016 by

Charges:

Attempted Theft by Deception 18 Pa C.S. § 3922 – F3

Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 – F3

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Keith Murphy after receiving a referral from SEPTA. On July 7, 2013, Murphy was a passenger on the Route 89 bus when the bus was struck from behind by a Volvo. The back bumper of the bus was scraped as a result. Detectives interviewed the SEPTA bus operator who stated that no passengers were injured as a result of this incident and that neither the police nor paramedics reported to the scene of the accident. The operator also stated that he had been driving less than five miles per hour when the accident occurred and that he never slammed on his brakes when stopping. Surveillance footage from the Route 89 bus shows that the bus slowly turned the corner at the intersection of G Street and Hunting Park Avenue when it was struck from behind by a Volvo. The footage shows that none of the passengers were disturbed by the impact.

Despite the lack of impact, Keith Murphy hired personal counsel to represent him in an injury claim against SEPTA. Murphy submitted a SEPTA claim form which stated that he was seated at the back of the Route 89 bus when it collided with another vehicle and that he consequently injured his neck and back. Murphy sought medical treatment at Chestnut Street Rehabilitation on eleven separate occasions between July and August 2013 and accumulated medical bills totaling eight thousand nine hundred and thirty-seven dollars. Murphy then sought treatment at the Wellness Medical Center on twenty-nine separate occasions between August 2013 and January 2014. Murphy’s medical records indicate that he suffered back and shoulder pain as a result of being jerked and jostled on the Route 89 bus. Murphy’s bills from Wellness Medical Center totaled five thousand five hundred and ninety-two dollars. In November 2013, Murphy also had an MRI which cost eighteen hundred dollars. Murphy’s counsel submitted these medical bills to SEPTA as part of his personal injury claim.

Murphy was arrested on July 5, 2016 for attempting to file a fraudulent injury lawsuit against SEPTA. He was charged with Attempted Theft by Deception and Insurance Fraud. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on August 5, 2016.

 

 

 

 


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