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.

 

 

 

 

PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY FINDS INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO ISSUE CHARGES AGAINST NELSON AGHOLOR FOR ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT

July 18, 2016 by

PHILADELPHIA (July 18, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams released the following statement after thoroughly investigating an alleged sexual assault involving Nelson Agholor that took place at Cheerleader’s Gentlemen’s Club (2740 S. Front St.) on June 9, 2016:

The District Attorney’s Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit and detectives from the Philadelphia Police Department’s Special Victims Unit thoroughly investigated the allegations of sexual assault against Nelson Agholor. As a result of this joint investigation, our staff and the Police reached the conclusion that we lacked sufficient evidence to bring charges against Mr. Agholor, therefore no charges will be filed.

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Che Brown, former Drexel University Police Officer, arrested for theft

July 13, 2016 by

 

Internal Drexel investigation leads to termination and District Attorney’s Office charges

PHILADELPHIA (July 13, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams announced that Che Brown, a former Drexel University Police Officer, turned himself in today and was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking (M1), Receiving Stolen Property (M1), Obstructing Administration of Law (M2) and Official Oppression (M2).

“What former Officer Che Brown did was wrong – stealing is stealing no matter if it is $5, $50 or $500 –and he will now have his day in court,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “My Office is grateful for the assistance and support of Drexel University and their police force, and, as I have said before, my Office will continue to review the evidence in each case and if warranted charge and prosecute anyone, no matter their position or influence, who breaks the law.”

Upon learning that Brown had allegedly tampered with evidence collected from a scene while responding to an incident, Drexel immediately began an internal investigation. The investigation confirmed Brown had violated police procedures, and, as a result, Brown was terminated on February 2, 2015. The case was then immediately turned over to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution per Drexel’s procedures.

On the morning of Wednesday, January 14, 2015, Drexel Police were dispatched to a residence hall on the University’s campus because a student was reported to possess marijuana. A search of the room with University staff found a bag of marijuana, cigarette rolling papers, knifes, bags of white powder and $500. The cash was stored in a pill box. The confiscated items were inventoried and given to Brown to enter into evidence. Later that day, Brown prepared the required incident report and property receipt, but did not record the two confiscated knives or the $500. He also never put them into evidence. Because the money had been a gift from his grandmother, the student knew the exact denominations of the missing currency. When the student went to retrieve his property, the money and the knives were missing. When asked by his supervisor about the missing items, Officer Brown said, “My bad, this is all on me.”

Brown’s supervisors searched the evidence room and found two knives and an ibuprofen box that contained $500. However, the denominations and their amounts did not match what was confiscated from the residence hall when the student was re-interviewed about the missing property.

An internal Drexel investigation, which included video evidence of the police evidence room, showed Brown depositing an item that appeared to be the ibuprofen box back into storage on January 22, 2015. After denying having touched the money or entering the evidence room since January 14, Brown was shown the video of him entering the room on January 22, 2015 and placing the box with the money in the drawer. In response, he stated that he forgot to put the money box into evidence and when asked about the denomination change he stated, “I have no idea.”

Brown, DOB 7/6/1979, resides in Upper Darby and was terminated by Drexel University because of the theft. He was hired by the University in January 2013. His next appearance in court has yet to be scheduled.

 

PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY R. SETH WILLIAMS RELEASES STATEMENT ON JUDGE’S APPROVAL OF KATHRYN KNOTT’S PAROLE PETITION

July 12, 2016 by

PHILADELPHIA (July 12, 2016) – The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office today released the following statement on the Hon. Roxanne Covington’s decision to approve Kathryn Knott’s parole petition:

Today, Judge Covington granted Kathryn Knott’s parole petition. Ms. Knott completed five months of her five to ten month sentence of incarnation without any disciplinary infractions. The victims in this case were made aware of the petition and have no objection to it. I know that no amount of punishment or jail time can make what happened in Center City Philadelphia go away for the victims in this case, the LGBT community and the City of Philadelphia. But I also know that there is no legal proceeding that will bring fundamental equality and respect to all of our citizens; regardless of their race, gender, economic status or sexual orientation.

Was what Kathryn Knott and her fellow defendants did ugly and deplorable? Yes, it was. Do we need to keep fighting for equality and respect? Yes, we do. So, let’s use today’s proceedings as an opportunity to keep pushing forward and to make our neighborhoods and city a better place to live, love and work.

In February of 2016, Kathryn Knott was found guilty by a jury of her peers of two counts of Recklessly Endangering Anther Person, Simple Assault and Conspiracy for Simple Assault; all misdemeanor crimes. She was sentenced to serve five to ten months of incarceration followed by two years of reporting probation, she was also ordered to pay $2000 in fines for her role in the attack of a gay couple in Center City Philadelphia. Knott will, upon release, be on parole for the remainder of her ten month sentence and then begin two years of probation. In October of 2016, Knott’s co-defendants pled guilty for their role in the attack. Kevin Harrigan pled guilty to one charge of Simple Assault and one charge of Conspiracy. He was sentenced to three years of reporting probation and had to pay $314 in restitution. Phillip Williams pled guilty to one charge of Aggravated Assault and one charge of Conspiracy. He was sentenced to five years of reporting probation and had to pay $628 in restitution. Harrigan and Williams also agreed to perform 200 hours of community service at a LGBTQ organization/cause and are prohibited from going into Center City Philadelphia for the duration of their probation.

 

WOMAN FILES FRAUDULENT THEFT CLAIM WITH FEDERAL INSURANCE COMPANY

July 7, 2016 by

Charges:

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

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

False Reports 18 Pa C.S. § 4906 – M3

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Kim Jordan after receiving a referral from G4S Compliance and Investigations, which provides investigation services for Federal Insurance Company. On July 13, 2014, Jordan returned to the room where she was staying at the Hilton Hotel on City Line Avenue in Philadelphia and discovered that her room key would not work. Jordan went downstairs to speak to the manager on duty and learned that the hotel had mistakenly put another guest in Jordan’s room. Hotel security then moved the guest to another room on the floor so that Jordan and her family could get back into the room which originally belonged to them. Two days after the incident, Jordan reported to hotel security that some of her personal belongings were missing, including twenty bathing suits valued at nine hundred and seventy dollars. Jordan was asked to make a list of the missing items and to file a police report. On July 22, 2014, Jordan submitted a list detailing the allegedly stolen items and filed a report with the Philadelphia Police. Jordan wrote that her clothing, cell phone, jewelry, sunglasses, perfume, suit cases, makeup and electronics were all allegedly missing as a result of this incident.

Insurance Fraud Unit detectives interviewed Hilton Hotel employees who worked on the night of the alleged theft as part of their investigation. These employees stated that the man who had been mistakenly placed in Jordan’s room only had a small bag with him, and when notified of the mistake, he and his companion left the room immediately. These employees also stated that Jordan had not immediately reported any of her items missing on the night she discovered that another guest had been in her room. Furthermore, when Jordan was later asked to provide receipts for these items she stated she was unable to do so. Detectives also interviewed the man who had been mistakenly put in Jordan’s room and he stated that he had only brought a small bag of his own to the hotel, and never saw any personal items or suitcases when he entered the room that belonged to Jordan.

Jordan attempted to defraud Federal Insurance Company of eleven thousand and eighty-five dollars for items that allegedly went missing from her room. Jordan contradicted her own account of the night of the supposed theft on several occasions and was unable to provide receipts for any of the items she allegedly had stolen. Jordan was arrested on June 30, 2016 for filing a fraudulent theft claim. She was charged with Attempted Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud and False Reports and is next scheduled to appear on July 5, 2016 for a status listing.

 

WOMEN FILES NINE FRAUDULENT CLAIMS WITH STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANY

July 7, 2016 by

Charges:

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

Attempted Theft by Deception 18 Pa C.S. § 3922 – F3 (5 counts)

Theft by Deception 18 Pa C.S. § 3922 – F3 (4 counts)

Forgery 18 Pa C.S. § 4101 – F3 (9 counts)

Impersonating a Public Servant 18 Pa C.S. § 4912 – M2

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Angel Carey after receiving a referral from State Farm Insurance Company. On August 27, 2011, Carey claimed that Hurricane Irene damaged her home in Philadelphia. State Farm resolved Carey’s claim by paying her eight thousand five hundred and fourteen dollars for repairs to her roof and fifty nine thousand four hundred and fifty two dollars for damages to her personal property. Despite receiving these claim checks, Carey continued to report additional items damaged to State Farm by submitting forged receipts.

Carey filed nine additional claims with State Farm for the following allegedly damaged items: a camera valued at approximately thirty-eight thousand dollars, a piece of art valued at four thousand four hundred and fifty-two dollars, a keyboard valued at four thousand one hundred and three dollars, an antique record player valued at three thousand two hundred and sixty one dollars, additional repairs to her roof valued at seven thousand three hundred and seventy-one dollars, a server and audio interface valued at six thousand six hundred and ninety-three dollars, musical instruments costing approximately three thousand eight hundred and eighty-eight dollars, furniture costing eight thousand nine hundred and forty-six dollars, and a Sony instrument valued at six thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight dollars. State Farm issued payments of twelve thousand and five hundred dollars for the camera, two thousand six hundred and sixty dollars for the artwork, three thousand seven hundred and ninety-nine dollars for a keyboard, and three thousand one hundred and fifty two dollars for the antique record player. Detectives later determined that all nine submitted receipts were fraudulent and that Carey never owned any of the above-listed items.

The investigation also revealed that Carey also lied about her employment on several occasions during the course of the insurance company’s investigation. Carey first told State Farm investigators that she was a Comcast employee and that the camera she claimed was damaged was originally given to her by Comcast. In support of this claim, Carey provided a letter which stated that she was a Comcast employee. Insurance Fraud Unit detectives contacted a representative from Comcast who stated that Carey was never an employee nor did the company ever give an employee a camera. Furthermore, in a recorded statement with State Farm investigators, Carey also claimed that she was a Philadelphia Police Officer who worked in the ninth district. Detectives contacted the Philadelphia Police Personnel Department who confirmed that Carey was never a member of the police department.

Carey was arrested on June 26, 2016 for submitting nine fraudulent receipts in an attempt to bilk State Farm and was charged with Insurance Fraud, four counts of Theft by Deception, five counts of Attempted Theft by Deception, nine counts of Forgery and one count of Impersonating a Public Servant. She is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on July 11, 2016.

 

WOMAN REGISTERS VEHICLE WITH FRAUDULENT OMNI INSURANCE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IDENTIFICATION CARD

July 7, 2016 by

Charges:
Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 – F3
Forgery 18 Pa C.S. § 3922 – F3

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Tanya Fields 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 Fields had originally purchased the vehicle in December 2013 and had registered the vehicle with an Omni Insurance financial responsibility identification card. Detectives called a representative from Omni Insurance and learned that Fields’ policy number was not valid. Fields was arrested for Insurance Fraud and Forgery on June 28, 2016. She is next scheduled to appear for a status listing on July 5, 2016 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.


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