PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S ELECTION FRAUD TASK FORCE AND COMMITTEE OF SEVENTY PREPARE FOR PRIMARY ELECTION

April 20, 2016 by

PHILADELPHIA (April 20, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today announced that his Election Fraud Task Force is ready for April 26, Primary Election Day, and Philadelphian’s should call 215-686-9641, 9643 or 9644 if they experience any difficulty casting their ballot.

“It is always busy at the polls on presidential primary day so voters should make sure they check their registration and know the location of their polling place before they head out to vote,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “And, as always, if someone sees a violation or experiences any difficulty in casting their ballot they should reach out to the Election Fraud Task Force so we can protect each Philadelphian’s right to vote; and we do protect the City’s voting processes. For example, last year we charged nine people with various voting violations.”

The Task Force has more than 60 Assistant District Attorneys (ADA) and several dozen Detectives who are available to address any Election Day concerns. The Office also has two ADAs specially assigned to support the Committee of Seventy’s Election Day activities. Typically, the Task Force is asked to respond to allegations of illegal voting, candidate write in issues, refusal of election boards to recognize poll watcher certificates and illegal electioneering.

“We’re looking forward to a vibrant Election Day with high turnout,” said Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburgh. “But the excitement and high stakes also mean that all of us must work that much harder to assure each voter the right to vote independently, privately and free from intimidation or harassment.”

Over the past twenty years, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and the Committee of Seventy have partnered to protect each Philadelphian’s vote and to monitor Election Day complaints.

“Seventy is pleased to see the District Attorney’s Office continue its Election Task Force, and we urge voters, poll workers and campaign volunteers to immediately report possible election law violations to the DA’s hotline. For questions about the election or voting procedures, voters can visit seventy.org or call Seventy at 1-855-SEVENTY,” added Thornburgh.

Seventy will also be deploying more than 400 high school student Election Ambassadors to polling places around the city to help answer voters’ questions, as well as encouraging all voters to fill out an online survey to share and document their experience at the polls.

In 2014, DA Williams created the Election Fraud Task Force to investigate and prosecute allegations of Election Day criminal activity. The Task Force continues to be part of the District Attorney’s Special Investigations Unit and is staffed by Assistant District Attorneys and Detectives. The DAO will also issue Election Day updates via its Twitter account while the polls are open.

Philadelphia DA and PHILADELPHIA COALITION FOR VICTIM ADVOCACY honor U.S. Sen. Toomey and dedicated PUBLIC Servants during National Crime Victim’s Rights Week

April 19, 2016 by

Annual luncheon celebrates awardees for their service to crime victims and witnesses

PHILADELPHIA (April 15, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams and the Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy (PCVA) today held their annual luncheon and award ceremony in commemoration of National Crime Victim’s Rights Week (NCVRW). U.S. Senator Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania received the Legislative Award for his successful fight to release billions of dollars to the nation’s victim services providers from the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) fund. Money in this fund, solely sourced by fines paid by federal offenders, had been sitting for years in a federal account and not serving its congressional purpose – assisting crime victims.

“Senator Toomey, thank you for championing the legislation that kept the Victims of Crime Act funds properly flowing to our victim serving agencies and for doing all that you do to protect our youth who are the victims of crime,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “I am also proud to give a special congratulations to ADA Andrew Notaristefano for his consistent drive for excellence and unending professionalism in the courtroom. Andrew’s tireless efforts to help victims in this City is truly admirable. To Senator Toomey, ADA Notaristefano and to all of today’s awardees, you have my thanks and unending gratitude for what you have done.”

 In addition to releasing billions of dollars to the VOCA Fund, Sen. Toomey introduced the Fairness for Crime Victims Act, which will make his reforms to the VOCA Fund permanent, and introduced legislation, which became law in 2015, that makes it illegal for school districts to assist known pedophiles in obtaining a job. He also fought to increase prison terms and penalties for human trafficking, child pornography, child prostitution and sexual exploitation of children. The other public servants honored at the ceremony were:

Andrew Notaristefano, Assistant District Attorney – Lynne Abraham Prosecutor Award – was recognized for his work in the courtroom and beyond. His passion for helping others, he received a previous Lynne Abraham Award after graduating law school in 2006, drives him. ADA Notaristefano tried and convicted Margarita Garabito of First Degree Murder for torturing her 10-year-old step-daughter to death and tried and convicted Rudolph McGriff, one of the City’s most notorious mass murders, of First Degree Murder last year. To date, ADA Notaristefano has received 32 murder convictions by trial in the last four years.

Jamie Manirakiza, Director of Anti-Human Trafficking for the Salvation Army – Catherine Bachrach Victim Advocate Award – is a tireless advocate in the fight against human trafficking in the City of Philadelphia. Manirakiza has dedicated her life to working with traumatized women involved in the commercial sex industry at the New Day Drop-in Center for Women in Kensington. She often accompanies victims to Family Court and teaches an introductory Women’s Studies course at Eastern University that concentrates on sex trafficking.

Dr. Mariza DiGiorgio McColgan, M.D., MSEd, FAAP – Health Care Professional Award – spearheaded several advocacy projects including the Children’s and Mom’s Project (CAMP), a successful pediatric domestic violence screening project, and the Family Safe Zone project, a pilot program to increase community protections to prevent child maltreatment. Dr. DiGiorgio McColgan is the Medical Director of the Child Protection Program at Philadelphia’s St. Christopher Hospital for Children; an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at Drexel University’s College of Medicine; and a Founding Advisor, Board Chair and Pediatric Advisor of Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania.

Lynn Shiner, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (retired) – Special Recognition Award & Voice of the Victim – was celebrated for the 21 years of passion she brought to helping the victims of crime. Shiner began working for the Commission after she experienced a tragedy of her own, her two young children were murdered on Christmas Day in 1994. Shiner is also an award-winning author and was presented with the National Crime Victim Service Award by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft. In 2014, she was presented with the Visionary Voice Award by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

PCVA, which is dedicated to promoting the rights of and advocating for crime victims, began in 1980 as the Philadelphia Crime and the Elderly Coalition. The Organization changed their name to the Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy in 1983 to better reflect the people they serve. The annual luncheon is held during National Crime Victim’s Rights Week to honor those who have made significant contributions in addressing or advocating for the needs of crime victims.

PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHARGES 15 GANG MEMBERS AFTER LENGTHY GUN VIOLENCE TASK FORCE INVESTIGATION

April 14, 2016 by

Charges range from Gun Violations to Aggravated Assault to Homicide

PHILADELPHIA (April 14, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today announced that after an investigation by the Gun Violence Task Force and a review by the Investigating Grand Jury, he is charging 15 area gang members with charges that include Homicide, Firearms Violations, Aggravated Assault and Conspiracy for their role in a violent, ongoing feud and gun battle that occurred in North Philadelphia between February and June of 2014.

“Members of a group who identify themselves as ‘TNT’ have terrorized the citizens of North Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, literally having gun battles right outside their front doors, for months,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. “I am committed to protecting and saving lives, especially young black men, and the citizens of Philadelphia should not be afraid to let their children play outside because of gun violence. We deserve safety in our streets and so I am grateful to the members of the Grand Jury, the Assistant District Attorneys in my Office, Agents from the Gun Violence Task Force and the Philadelphia Police Department’s Homicide, Criminal Intelligence and Firearm Identification Units for their investigation.”

Beginning in February of 2014, members of the Tenth and Thompson Streets gang (TNT) began a violent feud with another rival organization. The fifteen members of TNT self-identify through their social media accounts, tattoos and clothing. TNT engaged in the following thirteen incidents of criminal activity; nine were shootings resulting in the seizure of ten illegal firearms:

  • Shooting at the One Tre Bar located at 13th and Cambria Sts. on February 15, 2014, at 1:26 a.m.;
  • Three arrests for firearm violations at 13th and Lehigh Sts. on February 17, 2014, at 11:36 p.m. three weapons were recovered;
  • Shooting at 2800 N. Park Ave. on February 19, 2014, at 12:30 a.m. seven fired cartridge casings and three bullets were recovered;
  • Shooting at 2700 Park Ave. on February 19, 2014 at 6:21 p.m. twenty-six fired cartridge casings from three different firearms were recovered;
  • Shooting at 18th and Ridge Ave. on February 27, 2014, at 5:40 p.m. eight fired cartridge casings from two guns;
  • Shooting at 900 W. Thompson St. on March 1, 2014, at 11:09 p.m. where twenty-four fired cartridge casings were recovered from four different handguns;
  • Shooting at 2900 N. 13th on March 6, 2014, at 11:56 p.m. two firearms were recovered and thirty-three fired cartridge casings from a total of four different firearms;
  • Shooting at 1124 W. Stiles St. at 7:40 p.m. followed by a firearm arrest at 1200 N. 11th on March 20, 2014, at 9:30 p.m.;
  • Firearm recovered at 1228 N. 10th on April 1, 2014, at 7:19 p.m.;
  • One arrest for firearm violations at 1013 Seybert Mall on April 13, 2014, at 11:21 p.m. one weapon was recovered which matches the ballistics from the shooting on February 27, 2014;
  • One arrest for firearm violations at 1200 Hutchinson St. on May 14, 2014, at 9:38 p.m. two weapons were recovered;
  • Shooting at 1300 W. Cambria St. on May 27, 2014, at 2:09 a.m. fourteen fired cartridge casings were recovered all from one firearm; and
  • One killed in a Homicide outside the Galaxy Bar located at Germantown and Rising Sun Aves. on June 22, 2014, at 1:33 a.m.

A full list of the 15 charged includes:

Criminal Conspiracy

Samir Akines (DOB: 10/29/1984), Amir Crippen (DOB: 7/23/1994), Kareem Grant (DOB: 10/23/1990), Rashad Hall (DOB: 1/24/1995), Vincent McClenney (DOB: 2/9/1988), Gregory Nash (DOB: 9/15/1988), Tyreese Scott (DOB: 5/22/1987), Ali Williams (DOB: 2/5/1987) and Hamin Williams, Sr. (DOB: 5/10/1978)

Criminal Conspiracy, Murder, Possession of a Firearm Prohibited, Carrying a Firearm Without a License, Carrying a Firearm in Philadelphia and Possession of an Instrument of Crime

Rashad Holcomb (DOB: 9/2/1988)

Criminal Conspiracy and Murder

Curshawn Banks (DOB: 8/3/1989) and Evette Brooks (DOB: 7/14/1981)

Criminal Conspiracy, Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, Carrying a Firearm Without a License, Carrying a Firearm in Philadelphia and Possession of an instrument of Crime

Maurice Muldrow (DOB: 9/14/1989)

Criminal Conspiracy, Possession of a Firearm Prohibited, Carrying a Firearm Without a License and Carrying a Firearm in Philadelphia

Christopher McClutchen (DOB: 3/13/1993) and Hamin Williams, Jr. (DOB: 10/17/1996)

Today, all 15 defendants are in custody and will appear in court for their Preliminary Hearing.

AFTER EXTENSIVE INVESTIGATION, PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY FINDS INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO ISSUE CHARGES IN RECESS LOUNGE INCIDENT

April 4, 2016 by

PHILADELPHIA (April 4, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams today announced that after a thorough investigation of the fight that took place at the Recess Lounge (125 S. 2nd St.) on Feb. 7, 2016, there is not enough evidence to meet the legal threshold to issue charges.

“For the past several weeks my office has worked diligently with Philadelphia Police Department’s Central Detectives to investigate this matter and, in the end, there is insufficient evidence to prove that any individual committed a criminal offense,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. “My job is not to decide if anyone acted appropriately or not. My job is to determine if evidence exists to charge any individual with a crime. I do that by looking at all the facts. That is what we did here. My decision today is consistent with my commitment to the citizens of Philadelphia to charge, and only charge, those people who, based on evidence, are guilty of crimes.”

Looking at the events and the actions of all parties on Feb. 7 2016, there is insufficient evidence to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, who started the fight and under what circumstances. In order to gain a conviction against any individual, the District Attorney’s Office would have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any actions taken were not in self-defense or in the defense of another.

The law allows a person to legally defend himself or herself if he or she believes that force is immediately necessary to protect against the use of unlawful force against themselves. The law also says that a person is legally entitled to use force to protect another person if he or she believes that force is immediately necessary to protect someone from being injured by the use of unlawful force. While it is clear that a physical altercation took place, there is insufficient credible evidence to determine which of the participants was the initial aggressor or whether some participants were acting in self-defense or in the reasonable defense of another.

The combined investigation of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and Philadelphia Police Detectives in the Recess Lounge incident was extensive. Over a nine week period, Assistant District Attorneys and Central Detectives built a comprehensive timeline of the events leading up to and following the Recess Lounge incident. They also conducted 44 interviews speaking with a total of 27 individuals, made a site visit, examined the medical records of multiple participants, and reviewed photographs and video surveillance footage.

The following findings of the investigation were material to the District Attorney’s decision not to file charges:

  • Only two interviewed individuals gave any information about how the physical contact initiated and both of those versions were in direct conflict with another;
  • Each participant affirmatively declined to make a report when asked by uniformed police officers outside the club immediately after the incident;
  • Each injured participant declined medical attention outside the club and later sought medical attention at hospitals far from the incident; and
  • In numerous statements to police and Assistant District Attorneys, multiple participants misidentified who was present and participated in the fight.

The totality of the information yielded by this comprehensive investigation supports the District Attorney’s decision not to file charges.

COUPLE FRAUDULENTLY REPORTED UNINSURED VEHICLE STOLEN AFTER STRIKING A GEICO INSURED VEHICLE

March 30, 2016 by

Charges:

Forgery 18 Pa C.S. § 4101 – F3 (Felder only)

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

Criminal Conspiracy 18 Pa C.S. § 903 – F3

False Reports 18 Pa C.S. § 4906 – M3

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Omar Carroll after receiving a referral from the Philadelphia Police Department. On November 28, 2015, Omar Carroll was involved in an accident with his 2006 Chevrolet Uplander where he struck a GEICO insured vehicle and then fled the scene of the accident. The driver of the GEICO insured vehicle followed Carroll after he left the scene and observed Carroll leaving the vehicle on the 5600 block of Stokes Street. The driver then notified the Philadelphia Police Department and filed an accident report. The officers who responded looked in the parked and unlocked Uplander and saw an Infinity Insurance financial responsibility identification card belonging to Omar Carroll.

On December 16, 2015, the same Philadelphia Police officers who took the accident report noticed that the Chevrolet Uplander was still parked on the 5600 block of Stokes Street, but that the vehicle was now registering as stolen. The officers also found that Carroll’s insurance card was no longer inside of the vehicle.  The officers then received information from the Abington Police Department who stated that the car had been reported stolen on November 28, 2015. Insurance Fraud Unit detectives retrieved the Abington Township Police Department theft report which indicated that Ayona Felder had reported the 2006 Chevrolet Uplander stolen from her street in Willow Grove on November 28, 2015. Detectives noticed that this theft report was filed twenty minutes after the hit and run accident in West Philadelphia. The Abington Township officer who took this report asked Felder if she had a set of the car keys; however, she was unable to produce them. Felder stated that her husband, Carroll, may have a set of the keys. Carroll later told the officer that he did in fact have the car keys but he did not know who could have been responsible for stealing the vehicle.

Cell phone tower records show that Felder and Carroll were in contact on the night of the hit and run accident. As part of the investigation, Insurance Fraud Unit detectives obtained cell phone records from AT&T and T-Mobile and learned that two minutes after the hit and run accident occurred on November 28, Carroll called Felder’s cell phone. Cell tower location records indicated that Carroll’s cell phone was transmitting from the vicinity of 5600 Stokes Street at the time of the hit and run accident. One hour and forty minutes later, Carroll’s cell phone was transmitting from the address he shares with Felder in Willow Grove.

Detectives retrieved the Penndot title history for the 2006 Chevrolet Uplander which stated that it was registered by Ayona Felder by an Infinity Insurance financial responsibility identification card. Detectives spoke to a representative from Infinity Insurance who stated that they had no policies assigned to Felder and that the listed policy number was not associated with Felder. Detectives also reviewed the GEICO file of the driver who Carroll struck and learned that they received confirmation from Infinity that the company does not have a valid policy for Felder.

Detectives arrested Omar Carroll and Ayona Felder for conspiring to report Felder’s uninsured vehicle stolen after Carroll was involved in a hit and run accident with the vehicle. Omar Carroll was arrested on March 11, 2016 for Criminal Conspiracy, Insurance Fraud and False Reports. Ayona Felder was arrested on March 22, 2016 for Criminal Conspiracy, Forgery, Insurance Fraud and False Reports. Both are next listed for a status hearing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on April 1, 2016.

 

COUPLE FILES FRAUDULENT PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM AGAINST THE PENNSYLVANIA FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ASSIGNED CLAIMS PLAN

March 29, 2016 by

Charges:

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

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

Criminal Conspiracy 18 Pa C.S. § 903 – F3

False Reports 18 Pa C.S. § 4906 – M3

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Rasheed Harris and Malikah Weaver for insurance fraud after receiving a referral from the Pennsylvania Financial Responsibility Assigned Claims Plan (PFRACP). Harris and Weaver retained a personal injury attorney to represent them in a claim against PFRACP. Harris and Weaver alleged that they were involved in an accident while passengers in a PFRACP insured 1999 Buick Century on November 17, 2014.

On November 18, 2014, Harris and Weaver sought treatment at Temple University Hospital for neck, back and shoulder injuries sustained during the alleged accident. Harris and Weaver then continued to receive medical treatment at Northwest Medical and Rehabilitation Center on fifty separate occasions between November 2014 and November 2015. Detectives reviewed medical records seized from Northwest Medical and Rehabilitation Center and learned that Harris and Weaver reported multiple ailments including back and shoulder pain.

On January 5, 2015, two months after the accident reportedly occurred, Harris and Weaver went to the 35th police district in Philadelphia to file an accident report. Harris and Weaver stated that they were passengers in a 1999 Buick when the owner of the vehicle crashed into a pole at the intersection of Belfield and Lindley Avenues. However, the investigation revealed that the 1999 Buick Century was impounded with the Philadelphia Parking Authority on the date of this alleged accident. Insurance Fraud Unit detectives interviewed the registered owner of the Buick who stated that she was never involved in an accident and that the Buick has been impounded with the Philadelphia Parking Authority since October 23, 2014. Harris and Weaver were arrested for attempting to defraud PFRACP and were charged with Criminal Conspiracy, Attempted Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud and False Reports. They are both listed for a status hearing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on March 28, 2016.

 

WOMAN SUBMITS FRAUDULENT RECEIPTS IN SUPPORT OF A HOMEOWNERS CLAIM WITH AMERICAN BANKERS INSURANCE COMPANY

March 29, 2016 by

Charges:

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

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

Forgery 18 Pa C.S. § 4101 – M1

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Kietta Hawkins after receiving a referral from the American Bankers Insurance Company. On March 8, 2013, Kietta Hawkins reported to her insurance company, American Bankers, that her home had been burglarized. Hawkins reported that four thousand dollars in cash and electronic equipment and jewelry in the value of approximately eleven thousand dollars had been stolen from her home. American Bankers issued Hawkins an insurance settlement of five thousand nine hundred and fifty-two dollars in response to her claim, and receipts she submitted in support of her claim.

Part of Hawkins’ insurance policy included replacement cost endorsement to compensate for depreciation of the items that were stolen. American Bankers insureds who have this endorsement can submit receipts from replacement purchases in order to receive reimbursement for the now more expensive cost of the same item they had stolen. On April 30, 2013, Hawkins sent American Bankers a receipt for new replacement televisions that she had purchased at Micro Center for two thousand nine hundred and ninety five dollars. The representative assigned to her claim called Micro Center and learned that the transaction number listed on Hawkins’ receipt corresponded with a purchase made by another customer for only one hundred and eight dollars. Micro Center also searched for any other purchases made by Kietta Hawkins and found that none existed. Hawkins was arrested for submitting a forged receipt in an attempt to defraud American Bankers Insurance Company. She was charged with Insurance Fraud, Attempted Theft by Deception and Forgery on March 22, 2016. She is next listed to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on March 28, 2016.

WOMEN FILED CLAIM WITH GEICO FOR ACCIDENT THAT HAPPENED PRIOR TO POLICY INCEPTION

March 21, 2016 by

Charges:

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

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

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Jennifer Bartella after receiving a referral from GEICO Insurance Company. On September 16, 2015, Jennifer Bartella’s father was driving her 2010 Honda Civic when he became involved in an accident. Bartella called GEICO shortly after midnight on September 17, 2015 to obtain an insurance policy. The following day, Bartella called GEICO and misrepresented the date of her father’s accident. Bartella reported to the GEICO representatives that the accident had occurred on September 18 rather than September 16. During the course of their investigation, GEICO representatives interviewed the driver of the other vehicle involved in this accident who provided photographs from the collision which had a time stamp of September 16, 2015. Bartella was arrested for attempting to have GEICO provide coverage for an accident which occurred during her policy lapse. She was arrested for Insurance Fraud and Attempted Theft by Deception on March 17, 2016 and is next listed for a status hearing on March 22, 2016 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

 

MAN REGISTERS 2000 TOYOTA WITH A FRAUDULENT CAPITOL INSURANCE COMPANY FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IDENTIFICATION CARD

March 21, 2016 by

Charges:

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

Forgery 18 Pa C.S. § 4101 – F3

Criminal Conspiracy 18 Pa C.S. § 903 – F3

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Angel Otero-Barreto after receiving a referral from Capitol Insurance Company. On November 30, 2015, Otero-Barreto struck a Capitol insured vehicle with his 2000 Toyota and then fled the scene. Capitol Insurance Company conducted an investigation and learned that the striking vehicle belonged to Otero-Barreto and was registered with a financial responsibility identification card allegedly belonging to their company. Capitol Insurance Company then referred this case to the District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit because Otero-Barreto’s listed policy number did not match any existing policies within their company.

Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit detectives retrieved the Penndot title history for Otero-Barreto’s 2000 Toyota which showed that the vehicle was registered with the same above-described fraudulent Capitol Insurance Company policy number. Detectives then did a Bureau of Motor Vehicle check on the 2000 Toyota and verified that the vehicle did belong to Otero-Barreto. When approached by detectives, Otero-Barreto admitted that he had procured fraudulent insurance so that he could register a vehicle for his son who did not have a valid driver’s license. Otero-Barreto was arrested on March 16, 2016 for Criminal Conspiracy, Forgery and Insurance Fraud. He is next listed for a status listing on May 2, 2016.

 

 

 

HUBERT HENDRICKS PLEADS GUILTY TO WELFARE FRAUD

March 18, 2016 by

Receives sentence of 11.5 to 23 months, $900,000 restitution and 20 years of probation

PHILADELPHIA (March 18, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today announced that Hubert Hendricks (DOB: 5/16/64) has pled guilty to Welfare Fraud (F3), Conspiracy (F2), Theft by Deception (F3), Forgery (F2) and Tampering with Public Records or Information (F3). He will serve a sentence of 11.5 to 23 months in jail followed by 20 years of probation and pay $900,000 in restitution to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Hendricks, who is a felon, was never eligible to run his childcare facilities or collect more than $9.3 million in childcare payments from the Commonwealth. This matter was reviewed by the Indicting Grand Jury and the defendant was sentenced by the Honorable Ann Marie Coyle.

“The evidence shows that for the last seven years Hubert Hendricks hid his record, illegally operated three childcare facilities in Philadelphia and took more than $9.3 million dollars from Commonwealth. He was a felon and ineligible to operate a childcare facility, but that did not stop him from forging documents and putting himself in a position to fraudulently receive millions in taxpayer dollars,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. “Many thanks to the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, my Government Fraud Unit, and the men and the women of the Indicting Grand Jury for their hard work and dedication in investigating this case.”

District Attorney Seth Williams credited the work of the Pennsylvania State Police and other state agency investigators with assisting his Office investigate Hendricks and added, “Fraud, waste and abuse are things every citizen wants stamped out. Our investigation and Judge Coyle’s sentence makes it clear that there will simply be no tolerance for this kind of abuse of taxpayer money.”

Judge Coyle’s sentence came after an investigation by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services who determined that in 2008 Kendrick’s had falsely submitted an application to become a State approved Day Care provider. In addition, the investigation revealed that Hendricks forged State and Federal clearances regarding his criminal history. Hendricks had a previous Federal conviction for the Distribution of Narcotics and two other convictions for unrelated offenses. Ultimately Kendrick’s fraudulent activity allowed him to operate daycare centers at 6327 Woodland Ave., 6315 Woodland Ave. and 2943 Reed St. Hendricks is currently incarcerated on State Rd. The childcare centers are no longer being operated by the defendant.

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