October 31, 2013: The Philadelphia District Attorneys Office has charged 31 year old Muhammad Hogue with Theft by Deception, Forgery, Insurance Fraud, and False Reports.
Infinity Insurance referred this case to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) after defendant Muhammad Hogue allegedly filed a fraudulent collision claim for a salvage vehicle with prior damages. On April 20, 2012, Hogue reported to Infinity Insurance that his 2003 Ford had been in a collision on April 18 at the intersection of 56th Street and Grays Avenue. A Philadelphia Police Department Non-Reportable Accident Report stated that the 2003 white Ford had been struck by an unknown vehicle. The damage description listed a dented hood, dented left passenger panel, a damaged front grill and paint transfer.
Detectives then retrieved a Philadelphia Police Department Non-Reportable Accident Report from December 21, 2011 which stated that a 2003 white Ford with a North Carolina license plate hit a traffic light at the intersection of 7th Street and Snyder Avenue. The report indicated damages to the Ford’s front passenger side bumper grill, scrapes on the panel and dents to the exterior of the vehicle. Detectives then examined pictures of the damages from both the December and April accidents and noted that they were identical. Detectives additionally reviewed a Philadelphia Parking Authority Towing and Impoundment Branch Crane Form that was dated December 21, 2011. This form indicated that a white 2003 Ford with a North Carolina license plate had been towed from the intersection of 7th Street and Snyder Avenue. The form also listed damages that were consistent with both Philadelphia Police accident reports.
The title history of the 2003 Ford showed that the vehicle had been purchased from the Philadelphia Parking Authority Auction on March 6, 2012 and registered in Hogue’s name on April 18. This change in registration occurred on the same day as the loss reported to Infinity Insurance. Detectives determined that Hogue had allegedly filed a fraudulent accident claim with Infinity Insurance in order to have his recently purchased salvage vehicle repaired. Furthermore, a DMV record check revealed that Hogue also owned a 2005 Volvo which had been registered with an American Independent Insurance financial responsibility identification card. Detectives contacted representatives from American Independent Insurance Company who confirmed that they did not insure Hogue nor was the listed policy number valid.
Hogue was arrested for Theft By Deception, Forgery, False Reports and two counts of Insurance Fraud on October 31, 2013. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on November 18, 2013.
Detective Robert Stansfield and ADA Dawn Farrell of the IFU are specially assigned to this case.