March 17, 2014: Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate 49 year old Nathaniel Brown after receiving a fraud referral from Allstate Insurance Company. On December 28, 2011, Brown reported that his 2000 Mercury Villager was stolen from 100 East Rittenhouse Street in Philadelphia. Brown further claimed that inside of the Villager were a forty-two inch SONY television and a portable DVD player. In support of his claim, Brown submitted a receipt for the television and DVD player to Allstate which alleged that the electronics had been purchased at Lowill’s Jewelry Pawn Shop for over six hundred dollars. Allstate investigators interviewed the owner of Lowill’s Jewelry Pawn Shop who stated that Nathaniel Brown had never been a customer of her business. Detectives also contacted the owner of the pawn shop who once again stated that she had never sold a television or DVD player to Brown. Brown was then arrested for Insurance Fraud, Attempted Theft by Deception and Forgery. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on March 24, 2014.
ADA Vicki Markovitz and Detective Gilbert Brook of the IFU are specially assigned to this case.