January 1, 2014: Prince Paul Brown-Kingwood is now facing Insurance Fraud, Theft by Deception, Criminal Conspiracy, False Swearing, and False Reports to Law Enforcement Authorities charges.
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate 23 year old Prince Paul Brown-Kingwood after receiving a citizen referral. Detectives learned that on March 16, 2011, an Allstate insured was driving a 2000 Subaru Legacy on the 3800 block of Ridge Avenue when her vehicle was struck by the driver of a Hyundai Sonata. Although the Sonata was only occupied by the driver at the time of the accident, another male later claimed to have been a passenger in the striking vehicle and retained counsel to represent him in a personal injury claim.
Detectives retrieved a Philadelphia Police Accident Report which stated that the operator of a 2008 Hyundai Sonata had struck a 2000 Subaru Legacy. The report further stated that Prince Paul Brown-Kingwood had been a passenger in the Sonata at the time of the accident; however, several witness accounts prove otherwise. Detectives spoke to the owner of Sapsis Rigging whose shop is located on the street where the accident occurred. The owner of this shop alleged that he saw the driver of the Sonata exit the car and sit in the passenger seat following impact. The owner then stated that ten minutes later, another male arrived at the scene and sat in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. The Allstate insured’s son also stated that he initially only saw one male in the Sonata at the time of the accident but that he later observed two males being treated by paramedics. He then told the paramedic that this male had not been in the car and the paramedic responded that the male alleged he had a head injury. The paramedic later told detectives that this male had not been at the scene of the accident when she first arrived but that he had appeared later and stated that he had been the driver. Furthermore, pictures of the Sonata taken by the Philadelphia Police Accident Investigation Division show that the passenger side airbags never deployed. Detectives then contacted a Hyundai dealership and were informed that all 2008 Hyundai Sonatas have passenger side airbags and had the passenger seat been occupied at the time of impact then the airbag would have deployed.
Kingwood-Brown and the other male who later arrived at the scene gave recorded statements to an Allstate investigator. Kingwood-Brown told the investigator that he had been involved in an accident at the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Clearfield Street and that both the driver’s side airbags and passenger side airbags had deployed. Kingwood-Brown stated that he and the other male had been going to an unknown location. The investigation revealed that despite both men’s lawsuits, only Kingwood-Brown was present in the car at the time of the accident.
Kingwood-Brown was arrested on January 1, 2014 for Insurance Fraud, Attempted Theft by Deception, Conspiracy, False Reports to Law Enforcement and False Swearing. He is next scheduled for a status hearing on February 25, 2014.
ADA Vicki Markovitz and Detective Andrew Snyder of the IFU are specially assigned to this case.