PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES ARREST OF PHILADELPHIA POLICE OFFICER FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER AND RELATED CRIMES

November 22, 2016 by

PHILADELPHIA (November 22, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today announced that Philadelphia Police Officer Dorion Young is in custody for his involvement in the September 5, 2016, shooting that took place on the 2700 block of Taunton St. Young is charged with Attempted Murder (F1), Aggravated Assault (F1), Simple Assault (M2), Recklessly Endangering Another Person (M2) and Possession of an Instrument of Crime (M1).

“If you are a Philadelphia Police Officer, elected official or private citizen; you cannot use your gun to try to end an argument. And if you do, as I have said many times before, no matter your career or station in life, you will be charged fairly and to the fullest extent of the law for such a dangerous act,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “So today, I am charging Philadelphia Police Officer Dorion Young with Attempted Murder and several other charges for the shooting of his son.”

On Labor Day 2016, off-duty Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) Officer Dorion Young was inside his home on the 2700 Block of Taunton St. with his two sons and his oldest son’s girlfriend. Young started an argument with his oldest son over the disrespect he felt about the use of the family car. He had his personal, loaded .40 caliber pistol in his pocket. The argument turned physical and Young started waving his pistol in the air yelling, “you my son and you aren’t going to keep disrespecting me.” When Young left the bedroom, his son closed his bedroom door and Young called 911. Young, still angry, broke the door down and began to fight physically with his son. As his son began walking away, Young fired two shots. One shot went through Officer Young’s shoe, the other struck his son in the back. A short time later, 911 was called again and police arrived on the scene. Young’s son was transported to Aria Hospital by ambulance.

After a thorough investigation by PPD’s Internal Affairs Division, Shooting Team that included police reports, 911 calls, more than a dozen interviews, photos, ballistic and DNA tests, and physical evidence; it was found that criminal charges were warranted.

Young, DOB 5/31/1970, was hired by the Philadelphia Police Department in November of 1991 and was last assigned to the 15th Police District. He has been suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss by the Philadelphia Police Department. His next appearance in court has yet to be scheduled.

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PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY REMINDS BLACK FRIDAY AND CYBER MONDAY SHOPPERS TO BE SMART THIS SEASON

November 21, 2016 by

PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 21, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today reminded Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers to be safe and smart when making their store and online purchases with these simple shopping tips.

“The malls and stores will be crowded on Black Friday, which is why it is important to have a designated rendezvous point in case anyone gets lost or separated. Also, many of us will be shopping at home on Cyber Monday, so please remember to be safe and protect yourself,” said District Attorney Williams. “Watchdog groups like Consumer Reports regularly report that U.S. consumers need to do more to protect their privacy and financial information no matter if they shop in a store or online.”

Here are some easy tips that will help you stay safe on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all year long:

  1. Don’t carry your social security card in your wallet or write your social security number on your checks.
  1. Watch out for “shoulder surfers.” Shield the keypad when typing your passwords on computers and at ATMs.
  2. Shred your old receipts, credit card offers, account statements and expired cards to prevent “dumpster divers” from getting your personal information.
  1. Make sure the price you see is the price you pay, check your receipts.
  2. Keep your current receipts in a safe place, record your purchases and track your deliveries.
  3. Protect your private information when shopping online and make sure you only purchase from reputable retailers. Don’t be tricked into giving out your credit card or financial information for “drawings” or “seasonal promotions.”
  4. Watch out for scammers posing as charities; a little investigation makes a difference.
  5. Don’t forget to read the company’s privacy and return policies before you make your purchase.
  6. Download apps from reputable sources and read user reviews before entering personal and financial information.
  7. Be vigilant about where you put your purse, wallet, keys and smartphone.
  8. Lock your car doors, even if you will only be gone for a few minutes. Don’t leave money, phone charging cords, bags and expensive items in clear view.
  9. Read your bank and credit card statements thoroughly, especially in December and January.

As an additional safety precaution, contact one of the three credit reporting agencies and ask for a fraud alert to be placed on your credit report. You only need to call one agency because all three companies share fraud alert requests.

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MOTHER AND DAUGHTER FILE FRAUDULENT INSURANCE CLAIM WITH PROGRESSIVE

November 17, 2016 by

Defendants:

  • Marie Peralte, age 51
  • Micheline Peralte, age 26

Charges:

  • Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 – F3
  • Theft by Deception 18 Pa C.S. § 3922 – F3
  • Criminal Conspiracy 18 Pa C.S. § 903 – F3

Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Marie and Micheline Peralte after receiving a referral from Progressive Insurance. On October 26, 2012, Micheline Peralte, daughter of Marie Peralte, was involved in an auto accident at the intersection of Adams Ave. and Whitaker Ave. Marie Peralte filed a claim with Progressive Insurance, where she reported that she was the driver and that her daughter was the passenger, and she further claimed that she sustained injuries from this incident. After this, the Peraltes hired an attorney to represent them against Progressive Insurance.

On November 19, 2012, a Progressive Insurance investigator interviewed the driver of the vehicle that hit the Peraltes. According to her, the driver of the other vehicle was a young African American female, and there were no passengers in the vehicle. Further, after the incident, family members of Micheline Peralte came to the scene. An ambulance was called, and the driver noticed that an older African American female was taken to the hospital by the ambulance. On April 16, 2016 the Insurance Fraud Unit opened an investigation into this matter after a referral from Progressive Insurance was received. During the course of this investigation, Insurance Fraud detectives obtained records from the hospital where Marie Peralte was taken to by the ambulance, and their attorney. The detectives find that both Marie and Micheline Peralte admit to their attorney and to hospital staff that it was Micheline who was the driver of the vehicle.

Marie Peralte and Micheline Peralte were arrested on November 14, 2016, and charged with Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud, and Criminal Conspiracy. They are next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status hearing on November 21, 2016.

MEN FILE FRAUDULENT PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM WITH STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANY

November 10, 2016 by

Commonwealth v Anthony Harrison and Jesse Hughes

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
  • Unsworn Falsifying 18 Pa C.S. § 4904 – M2
  • False Swearing 18 Pa C.S. § 4903 – M2
  • False Reports 18 Pa C.S. § 4906 – M3

Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Anthony Harrison and Jesse Hughes after receiving a referral from a private citizen. On October 2, 2013, a State Farm insured driver allegedly hit Anthony Harrison and Jesse Hughes while they were working on Conshohocken Avenue in Philadelphia. Both Harrison and Hughes filed a Philadelphia Police Report and retained private counsel. Harrison’s civil action compliant stated that he injured his back, left knee, left arm and neck. Hughes’ City of Philadelphia Accident, Injury and Illness Report stated that he was struck twice by the vehicle. Harrison sought medical treatment at Spring Chiropractic and both testified in an oral examination that they had been injured in this accident.

However, witness testimony later proved that only Hughes was injured in this accident. Both Harrison and Hughes gave statements that Harrison had also been struck by the State Farm insured driver in order that Harrison could file a fraudulent personal injury claim. Harrison was arrested on October 26, 2016 and Hughes was arrested on November 1, 2016. Both were charged with Criminal Conspiracy, Attempted Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud, False Swear, Unsworn Falsifying and False Reports. They are next listed for a status hearing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on November 14, 2016.

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PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES TRANSPARENT, PROGRESSIVE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING PROTOCOL

November 10, 2016 by

New procedure stresses the importance of transparency and allows public and media review

PHILADELPHIA (November 10, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today announced that he is implementing a new protocol to ensure public transparency and accountability whenever an officer uses his or her weapon in the line of duty. The protocol will guide the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office’s (DAO) investigation when a Philadelphia Police Officer discharges his or her weapon, whether on or off duty, and require public disclosure of the investigation and its outcome.

“Using a weapon is one of the hardest things that a police officer has to do, but too often after a shooting, the public is left with more questions than answers, leading to false accusations and distrust,” said District Attorney R. Seth Williams today. “This new protocol establishes a clear, transparent, and accountable process of review for every police involved shooting. Most importantly, it requires disclosure and explanation to the public of what happened.”

“Philadelphia has been fortunate because we have not seen the problems that other communities have,” continued District Attorney Williams. “I believe that is due to the high caliber and training of our officers and the work that my office has done to fully and fairly review any and all officer involved shootings. But doing everything right if it’s closed behind doors, isn’t enough – the people of the City of Philadelphia deserve to know what happened and why.”

The new protocol ensures an independent, fair review of every police involved shooting, transparency throughout the DAO’s investigation, and accountability once it is concluded. The office’s complete investigative file will be made available to the victim’s family, civil counsel, the public and the media for independent analysis. The complete investigative file will include all of the materials the investigative team considered, with the necessary redactions for the safety of the witnesses, minus the Assistant District Attorney’s work product.

“I commend District Attorney Seth Williams and his office for the tremendous work they have done on protocols for officer use of deadly force procedures,” said David LaBahn, President and CEO of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. “The procedures DA Williams announced today are forward-thinking and thoughtful, and will improve the manner in which these cases are handled from start to finish in Philadelphia. This means that the public will ultimately conclude that the process of officer use of deadly force investigations will be done with integrity and in the pursuit of justice.”

Some of the new protocol’s highlights include:

  • A Special Investigations Unit Assistant District Attorney will be present at the scene after an officer involved shooting and monitor the Police Department’s investigation, independently review the evidence, and make a decision about whether to recommend if any law enforcement personnel should face charges or discipline;
  • The District Attorney may visit with the decedent’s family members initially after an incident to explain the investigative process;
  • If, at the end of the investigation, criminal charges are filed, the DAO will announce the decision and make information available to the public as provided by law;
  • If criminal charges are not filed, the DAO will prepare a report detailing an analysis of the facts, the law of the case and the reasoning for the decision;
  • The District Attorney will notify the Police Commissioner about the outcome of investigation and meet privately with the victim’s family to communicate the decision and the reasons supporting it; and
  • The DAO’s report will be made available to the public within 60 days after the investigation is completed.

“The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association congratulates Philadelphia for its proactive approach in addressing the need for clear guidelines in cases of officer-involved shootings. We commend District Attorney Williams and the District Attorney’s Office for taking this step today to ensure fair and just outcomes. Seeking fairness and justice in our criminal justice system is always the right thing to do,” added Rich Long, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association.

“These new procedures strike an important balance between protecting our community, protecting police, and protecting the public,” added District Attorney Williams. “By having an open, transparent and accountable process of review whenever an officer uses their weapon, the people of Philadelphia can be assured that we remain accountable to the people we serve.”

Parties interested in requesting a file to review should contact Chief of Staff Kathleen Martin at 215-686-8709 or by emailing kathleen.martin@phila.gov. The entire Officer Involved Shooting Protocol follows.

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OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING PROTOCOL

Types of Cases

The District Attorney’s Office will investigate every case where a law enforcement officer discharges a firearm in the City and County of Philadelphia. This includes on and off duty shootings, cases where no one is injured, cases where either the police officer or a citizen is injured, and cases where a police officer or citizen is killed.

The District Attorney’s Office also will investigate any deaths where the use of force by a law enforcement officer or correctional officer may be a proximate cause of death.

The District Attorney’s Office will lead the investigation in cases resulting in death, and will coordinate the investigation with the Office of the Medical Examiner and the Philadelphia Police Department, or other involved law enforcement agency.

 

Person Injured or Killed

Notification:

The involved law enforcement agency will promptly notify the District Attorney’s Office of an officer involved shooting, or in-custody death. The Special Investigations Unit ADA on-call will respond to the scene in all cases where there is a fatality or person critically injured. The SIU ADA, upon responding to the scene, will speak with the Philadelphia Police shooting team, or relevant investigating authority and offer assistance.

In cases where a person is injured, the SIU ADA on-call will be available to receive and review paperwork and answer questions.

In cases where a person is killed, the District Attorney may contact the family of the deceased and invite them to the District Attorney’s Office to be apprised of our investigative process.

Investigation:

The SIU ADA will be tasked with determining the facts and circumstances of the incident, and whether criminal charges are warranted.

The ADA will review the evidence. It is the responsibility of the ADA to pursue additional investigative measures, and if necessary, recommend whether any law enforcement personnel should be charged with any crime(s).

As part of the inquiry, the ADA will monitor the Police Department’s investigation and obtain the Police Department’s report, witness statements, photographs, recordings, results of testing and any other relevant information. In fatal shootings, the investigator will obtain a copy of the autopsy report from the Medical Examiner. The ADA should ensure that a thorough investigation has been completed before results are presented further.

Additional interviews at the family’s request should be considered.

The ADA should conclude the investigation, including a grand jury presentation if necessary, as soon as reasonably practicable.

At the conclusion of the investigation, the ADA will present the facts of the case to the Unit Chief. The Chief and ADA will then present the facts of the case to the Divisional Deputy.   The Deputy will present the case and make recommendations to the First Assistant, the Chief of Staff, and the District Attorney.

The District Attorney will make the final decision whether or not to charge. The District Attorney’s decision will be based on two considerations: the facts and the law.

 

Investigating Grand Jury

In an appropriate circumstance, the ADA may seek approval to submit the case to the investigating grand jury. The ADA will present the facts of the case to the Unit Chief. The Chief and ADA will then present the facts of the case to the Divisional Deputy. The Deputy will present the case and recommendation to the First Assistant, the Chief of Staff, and the District Attorney.

The District Attorney will decide whether or not to submit the case to the investigating grand jury.

After submission and completion of the investigating grand jury process, the grand jury, as permitted by law, may or may not issue a presentment recommending charges and may or may not issue a report of its findings.

 

Charges / Public Information

If the District Attorney decides to file criminal charges, the District Attorney will announce the decision. Information will be made available to the public as provided by law.

 

No Charges / Public Information

Report:

If the District Attorney decides that no criminal charges will be filed, the District Attorney’s Office will prepare a comprehensive report detailing an analysis of the facts and law of the case and the reasoning for the District Attorney’s decision.

The District Attorney will notify the Police Commissioner in writing of the decision.

The District Attorney will meet privately with the victim’s family to communicate the decision and the reasons supporting it.

The District Attorney will invite community leaders to inform them of the decision and the reasons supporting it.

The District Attorney’s report will be released to the public within 60 days of the completed investigation.

No separate report will be issued by the District Attorney if the case was submitted to the investigating grand jury and the investigating grand jury issued a report.

Open File:

To ensure transparency in this process, following the release of the District Attorney’s report, the complete investigative file will be available to the family, and civil counsel if applicable. Additionally, the complete investigative file will be open to the media for independent analysis. The complete investigative file will include all materials considered in the case with necessary redactions, but will not include attorney work product.

Parties requesting file review may contact Chief of Staff Kathleen Martin at 215-686-8709 or Kathleen.Martin@phila.gov.

PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S ELECTION FRAUD TASK FORCE STANDS READY FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

November 2, 2016 by

Hotline will take calls at 215-686-9641, 9643 or 9644

PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 2, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today was joined by Philadelphia City Commissioners Clark, Schmidt, and Deeley and David Thornburgh, President and CEO of the Committee of Seventy to share details about how their offices are preparing for the November 8th election.

“The coverage of this upcoming election is unlike anything we have seen before, not to mention the fact that one of the nominees for president has been making false allegations about the integrity of Philadelphia’s elections for weeks now, but we are ready,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “The Election Fraud Task Force is ready to respond to whatever happens on November 8th and I want to make sure each and every Philadelphian who has a concern or is experiencing difficulty casting their ballot calls us.”

Once the polls open, Philadelphians can call the Election Fraud Task Force at 215-686-9641, 9643 or 9644 if they are experiencing difficulty casting their ballot. The Task Force will have more than 70 Assistant District Attorneys (ADA) and several dozen detectives, the most assigned to the Task Force to date, available to address any Election Day concerns.

ADAs will be strategically deployed throughout the city before the polls open. Additionally, there will be ADAs specially assigned to support the Committee of Seventy’s Election Day activities and ADAs stationed in Philadelphia’s Central Election Court to respond to any Election Day concerns. As always, if the need arises, the Election Fraud Task Force can enlist any of the 300 ADAs who are not in court on Election Day to respond to emerging issues.

“If you would like to find your polling place go to http://www.philadelphiavotes.com. Also, to view your sample ballot go to http://www.philadelphiavotes.com and enter your address in the search box,” said Anthony Clark, Philadelphia City Commissioner. “We expect November 8th to be a busy one, so do your homework before you head to the polls.

“Voters should have confidence that our offices are working, and will continue to work, together to ensure a fair election,” said Al Schmidt, Philadelphia City Commissioner. “We are here today to tell you that we will be ready, and that you should contact us should any issues arise.”

“The Office of the City Commissioners and their Civil Service staff have been working 12 to 14 hour days to prepare for a smooth, fair and transparent election in the City of Philadelphia. We urge all of our voters to be proactive and visit our website philadelphiavotes.com or call 215-686-1590 to find out their polling location. As an added resource, we are mailing every voter in the City a postcard with their name, address, Ward, Division and their polling location. We have also partnered with 311 to help voters find their polling locations, either through 311’s website or by calling 311 directly,” said Lisa M. Deeley, Philadelphia City Commissioner.

“While we have sometimes seen things differently, we are pleased today to join in common cause with the City Commissioners and the District Attorney to reassure Philadelphian voters, and the nation, that we expect a fair and honest election next Tuesday. This election is too important. The eyes of the world will be on Philadelphia, the City Commissioners and the District Attorney’s Office, and we commend them for redoubling their efforts to ensure that every vote counts, that every voter counts, and that anyone who chooses to disturb or distort the process will feel the full force of law,” said David Thornburgh, President and CEO of the Committee of Seventy.

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, intimidation and illegal electioneering. To date, the Task Force has made eight arrests for voter fraud related issues.

Most recently, four election officials from Philadelphia’s 18th Ward, 1st Division were charged after the 2014 General Election for voting multiple times after the polls closed and for falsely certifying an election official’s residency.

In 2014, 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 ADAs and detectives. The office will also issue Election Day updates via its Twitter account while the polls are open.

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THREE PHILADELPHIA CORRECTIONS OFFICERS ARE CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND OTHER CHARGES FOR THE JUNE BEATING OF AN INMATE

October 25, 2016 by

Milton Gibbs, Terrance Bailey and Shaun Lowe turned themselves in today and are currently under arrest

PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 26, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today announced that three Corrections Officers from the Philadelphia Department of Prisons surrendered this morning on charges stemming from the June 2016 assault of an inmate inside the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center (PICC) and their attempt to cover up the incident.

Corrections Officers Milton Gibbs, Terrance Bailey and Shaun Lowe are charged with Aggravated Assault (F1), Conspiracy (F1), Simple Assault (M2), Recklessly Endangering Another Person (M2), Tampering with Public Records (F3), Unsworn Falsification to Authorities (M2), Obstructing Administration of Law or Other Governmental Function (M2), and Official Oppression (M2).

“We cannot stand for any kind of assault, and this attack on a handcuffed inmate by sworn corrections officers is egregious. Every inmate who is held in our prisons deserves to be treated with dignity and respect,” said District Attorney Williams. “I’d like to thank our partners in the Philadelphia Department of Prisons for their vigilance in recognizing this abhorrent conduct and requesting further investigation. I’d also like to thank Assistant District Attorney Andrew Wellbrock of my Special Investigations Unit for investigating and prosecuting this case.”

It is alleged that on the evening of June 21, 2016, Gibbs became agitated with the victim, a male inmate, and began pounding on his cell door and threatening him. After returning to the control desk, Gibbs called Bailey and they entered the victim’s cell and began to repeatedly punch and kick the victim. Eventually, they handcuffed the victim and walked him down a staircase, striking him along the way. Once they arrived at the cell block’s exit, Bailey struck the victim in the back of the head knocking him to the ground. Gibbs and Bailey then dragged the victim into the central control area and began to stomp on him. Lowe arrived on scene and joined in the assault. The victim lost consciousness at least twice during the assault. While much of the assault was captured on video, portions occurred where the defendants knew there were no cameras.

After the assault, Gibbs and Bailey submitted a mental health referral alleging that the victim intentionally harmed himself to cover up the assault. As part of the referral, Lowe transported the victim to the receiving room and Gibbs tried to coerce the victim to not report the incident in exchange for food from the staff kitchen. All three defendants submitted written reports of the incident that omitted their own actions and stated that only “open hand” controls were used to subdue the victim.

As a result of today’s arrest, Milton Gibbs (Date of Birth: January 22, 1964), Terrance Bailey (Date of Birth: January 22, 1986), Shaun Lowe (Date of Birth: July 5, 1990) are suspended without pay pending the outcome of their criminal proceedings.

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WOMAN FILES FRAUDULENT PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM WITH GALLAGHER BASSETT INSURANCE COMPANY

October 11, 2016 by

Defendant:

Fantina Burgess

 

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 began investigating Fantina Burgess after receiving a referral from the Gallagher Bassett Insurance Company. Bassett is the liability carrier for the Shop Rite located at 2800 Fox Street in Philadelphia. On

July 5, 2016, Burgess filed a claim that she had slipped on spilled soda while shopping and twisted her ankle. Burgess hired counsel to represent her. However, video surveillance footage from the store showed Burgess intentionally staging the fall. It showed her walking up the aisle with a group of people. She leaves the aisle, turns back to look at the floor and then bends her legs and sits down. Burgess remained on the floor until customers and store employees notice her.

Based on surveillance footage and detective interviews, Burgess was arrested for Insurance Fraud and Attempted Theft by Deception. She is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on October 14, 2016, for a status listing.

PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY SETH WILLIAMS RELEASES STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF KENNETH P. THOMPSON, THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO SERVE AS BROOKLYN’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY

October 10, 2016 by

On behalf of the entire Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, I would like to extend condolences to Kenneth P. Thompson’s family, friends and the people of Brooklyn. Ken was a friend and colleague. He was the first African American to serve as Brooklyn’s District Attorney. And he never stopped fighting to reduce unnecessary prison over-crowding and championed effective case review.

I had the honor to work with Ken through the American Prosecutor’s Association and, in fact, he was recently in Philadelphia for a meeting with African American DAs to find more effective ways to investigate and prosecute police involved shootings.

Ken has left us far too soon. He will certainly be missed and, with a heavy heart, I will keep Ken and his family, friends, and the men and women of the Kings’ County District Attorney’s Office in my prayers.

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MAN FILES FRUAUDULENT PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS WITH NATIONWIDE AND ACCESS INSURANCE COMPANIES

October 3, 2016 by

Charges:

Attempted Theft by Deception 18 Pa C.S. § 3922 – F3 (2 counts)

Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 – F3 (2 counts)

 

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Hondo Jackson after receiving a referral from Nationwide Insurance Company. On February 22, 2015, a Nationwide insured driver struck an unoccupied 2002 Chevrolet Impala. The impact then caused the Impala to strike a 2010 Nissan Maxima, which was also parked and unoccupied. Hondo Jackson later filed a claim with Nationwide Insurance Company alleging that he had been a passenger in the parked 2010 Nissan Maxima which belonged to his girlfriend. Jackson stated in his claim that he injured his neck and back as a result of this accident. Jackson then hired an attorney to represent him in this fraudulent claim.

Insurance Fraud Unit detectives retrieved the Philadelphia Police Department Non-Reportable Accident form which stated that the driver of a 2013 Chevrolet Impala struck a 2002 Chevrolet Impala and a 2010 Nissan Maxima, both of which were parked and unoccupied. Despite the fact that Jackson was not present in the vehicle, he sought medical treatment at the office of Dr. John Bowden for his alleged injuries. Detectives retrieved Jackson’s medical records which stated that he sought treatment for head, chest, neck and back injuries on multiple occasions between February and May 2015. Nationwide was billed thirty three hundred and seven dollars for Jackson’s treatment; however, the company denied his claim.

Detectives also learned that Hondo Jackson filed a personal injury claim with Access Insurance Company, under a policy that belonged to his mother, for injuries he sustained while he was seated in a parked car struck by a motor vehicle. Jackson stated that he sought treatment at Chestnut Hill Hospital, and later with Dr. John Bowden. Jackson also sought treatment at Freedom Medical Supply and Open MRI Center of Bala Cynwyd. Access was billed forty-one hundred dollars for Jackson’s medical treatment at this facility; however, they, too, denied his claim.

Finally, detectives interviewed the police officers who responded to the original accident scene. They both stated that the two cars struck by the Nationwide insured were parked and unoccupied at the time of the accident. Hondo Jackson was therefore arrested for attempting to defraud two insurance companies for injuries which were fabricated. Jackson was charged with two counts of Attempted Theft by Deception and two counts of Insurance Fraud on September 26, 2016. He is next scheduled to appear for a status listing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on October 7, 2016.