October 1, 2013: The Philadelphia District Attorneys Office has charged 24 year old Kareem Belton 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 identification cards to register a 1998 Buick, a 1993 Ford and a 2002 Pontiac all belonging to Kareem Belton. Belton went to the Philadelphia Police Auto Impound Lot on September 10, 2012 with a 21st Century Insurance financial responsibility identification card in order to retrieve his 1998 Buick. Police checked the listed insurance policy number and learned that it was not valid. Belton was told not to return until he had valid insurance. Belton later returned with an Access Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card and retrieved the Buick. According to investigators, this policy was later cancelled due to non-payment.
IFU Detectives obtained the title history for Belton’s 1998 Buick, which contained documents that indicated that the car had been registered in the name of Kareem Belton on June 9, 2012 with a Birmingham Insurance Company of Delaware financial responsibility identification card.
Birmingham Insurance Company of Delaware is a subsidiary of Farmers Insurance. Detectives contacted investigators from Farmers Insurance who confirmed that the policy number listed on the financial responsibility identification card was not valid.
Penndot records revealed that Belton also registered a 1993 Ford on August 28, 2010 with an Access Insurance financial responsibility identification card. Detectives contacted investigators from Access Insurance Company who confirmed that the listed policy number was not valid nor did they ever insure Belton or his 1993 Ford.
Penndot records also revealed that Belton registered a 2002 Pontiac on October 31, 2011 with a Birmingham Insurance Company of Delaware financial responsibility identification card. Detectives contacted investigators from Farmers Insurance Company who confirmed that the listed policy number was not valid nor did they ever insure Belton or his 2002 Pontiac.
Belton was arrested for four counts of Forgery and four counts of Insurance Fraud on October 1, 2013. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on October 15, 2013.
ADA Dawn Farrell and Detective Robert Stansfield of the DAO’s IFU are specially assigned to this case.