January 31, 2013: The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has charged 24-year-old Shariff Bramwell with Insurance Fraud, Tampering with Records and Forgery for using a fake insurance card to register cars in 2011.
On February 22, 2011, Shariff Bramwell went to the Philadelphia Police Impound Lot to retrieve his 1997 Buick. Bramwell presented an American Independent Insurance financial responsibility identification card to the Lieutenant on duty; however, when the Lieutenant attempted to verify the policy with the insurance company he discovered the card was not valid. Bramwell was told to return with legitimate insurance, which he later did. The Lieutenant contacted detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit regarding the allegedly fraudulent financial responsibility identification card that Bramwell initially presented to him.
Investigation by the detectives confirmed that Bramwell had also used a fraudulent American Independent financial responsibility identification card as proof of insurance in order to register his vehicle with Penndot. In addition, the investigation revealed that the legitimate card that Bramwell produced to get his vehicle out of the impound lot was for a policy that was cancelled less than a month later for non-payment. As a result of this investigation, Bramwell was arrested on January 25, 2013, and his next scheduled court appearance is February 1, 2013.