January 24, 2014: The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has charged 51 year old Abdel-Karim Odeh with Insurance Fraud, Attempted Theft by Deception, and Corruption of Minors.
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate Abdel-Karim Odeh after receiving a referral from Infinity Insurance Company. On February 23, 2010, Odeh reported to Infinity Insurance Company that he and his son had been driving on Broad Street in Philadelphia when they were carjacked at gunpoint, robbed of over five hundred dollars and driven to an empty lot at which point they escaped on foot. The Infinity claim file included an affidavit of theft for Odeh’s 1998 Ford Econoline van as well as photographs of the damaged vehicle once it had been allegedly recovered. Damages to the van were estimated to cost over thirteen hundred dollars to repair; however, Infinity denied the claim once they discovered that Odeh had made several fraudulent misrepresentations.
The investigation revealed that on February 21, 2010, Odeh had parked his Ford Econoline in an empty lot on Bott Street in Philadelphia and proceeded to vandalize the van with the assistance of his twelve-year old son. While in the midst of damaging the vehicle, Odeh was interrupted by a citizen. Odeh then swung at this citizen with a hammer and was later arrested for simple assault. When officers went to Odeh’s residence in order that the citizen could identify him, they discovered that the police were already present and taking a theft report from Odeh for his Ford Econoline. Two days later, Odeh reported this fraudulent claim to Infinity Insurance Company.
Abdel-Karim Odeh was arrested for Attempted Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud and Corruption of Minors on January 24, 2014. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on March 3, 2014 for a status hearing.
Detective Patrick Gleason and ADA Vicki Markovitz of IFU are specially assigned to this case.