July 16, 2013: The Philadelphia District Attorneys Office has charged 20 year old Baahir Clark with Forgery and Insurance Fraud.
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 2002 Chevrolet. Clark went to the Philadelphia Police Auto Impound Lot on May 17, 2012 and presented an American Independent Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card in order to retrieve his 2002 Chevrolet. Police checked the insurance policy and learned that it was not valid. Clark was told not to return until he had valid insurance. In spite of directions, Clark returned to the Police Auto Impound on May 21, 2012 with another allegedly fraudulent financial responsibility identification card. Clark presented a 21st Century Insurance Company financial responsibility card which police determined did not correspond with a valid policy. On May 22, 2012, Clark returned with a valid Access Insurance financial responsibility identification card and retrieved the Chevrolet. According to investigators, the policy was later cancelled due to non-payment.
IFU detectives obtained the title history for Clark’s 2002 Chevrolet which contained documents that indicated that the car had been registered in the name of Baahir Clark on March 13, 2012 at Nickens Agency with an American Independent financial responsibility identification card. Detectives contacted investigators from American Independent who verified that the listed policy number corresponded to an insured in New Jersey but not Baahir Clark. American Independent confirmed that they never insured Clark’s 2002 Chevrolet nor did they produce the financial responsibility identification card he had in his possession. Detectives then contacted investigators from 21st Century Insurance, a subsidiary of Farmer’s Insurance, who verified that they also did not insure Baahir Clark.
Clark was arrested for three counts of forgery and one count of insurance fraud on July 16, 2013. He is next listed for a preliminary hearing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on August 26, 2013. ADA John Doyle and Detective Robert Stansfield of the DAO’s Insurance Fraud Unit are assigned to this case.