July 25, 2013: 23 year old Salima Howard has been charged by the District Attorneys Insurance Fraud Unit with Insurance Fraud and Forgery.
Based on information received from the Philadelphia Police Auto Impound, detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) opened an investigation into the use of allegedly fraudulent financial responsibility cards to register a 2001 Chrysler and a 2002 Pontiac belonging to Salima Howard. Howard went to the Philadelphia Police Auto Impound Lot and presented a Nationwide Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card in order to retrieve her 2001 Chrysler. Police checked the insurance policy and determined that it was not valid. Howard was told not to return until she had valid insurance.
IFU Detectives obtained the title history for Howard’s 2001 Chrysler, which contained documents that indicated that Salima Howard completed a computerized registration for the vehicle with the same Nationwide insurance financial responsibility identification card which she presented at the Police Auto Impound. The title history indicated that this card was also used on February 27, 2012 at Omega Auto Sales in order to process a title transfer. The notary confirmed that Howard provided the Nationwide insurance information and signed the registration documents. Detectives contacted investigators from Nationwide Insurance Company who stated that the listed policy number was not valid nor was it connected to an open policy.
Penndot records revealed that Howard also completed a computerized registration for a 2002 Pontiac with a State Farm Insurance financial responsibility identification card. Howard also used this card to process a title transfer for the Pontiac at Omega Auto Sales on February 19, 2013. The notary confirmed that Howard provided the State Farm insurance information and signed the registration documents. Detectives then contacted State Farm investigators who verified that the listed policy number was not valid and that State Farm never insured the 2002 Pontiac.
Howard was arrested for three counts of insurance fraud and two counts of forgery on July 25, 2013. She is next listed to appear for a status listing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on August 2, 2013. ADA Vicki Markovitz and Detective David Fisher of the DAO’s Insurance Fraud Unit are specially assigned to this case.