April 8, 2014: 40 year old Omar Wali-Yuddin is now facing Insurance Fraud, Theft by Unlawful Taking, Criminal Conspiracy, False Reports charges.
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate Omar Wali-Yuddin after receiving a referral from the Philadelphia Police Major Crimes Auto Squad. Officers from the Major Crimes Auto Squad were reviewing a list of vehicles that had been dropped off at Clearfield Recycling when one of the vehicles registered as having been reported stolen on August 9, 2012. Clearfield Recycling records, however, indicated that the Buick had been sold to the facility on the previous day.
During the course of their investigation, detectives retrieved the Philadelphia Police stolen vehicle report for the 2007 Buick Lucerne which Omar Wali-Yuddin allegedly reported stolen from the 2200 block of Fernon Street during the early hours of August 9, 2012. Detectives then interviewed the owner of the tow shop which towed Wali-Yuddin’s vehicle to Clearfield Recycling. The owner stated that on August 8, 2012, he had received a call from an acquaintance who asked him to tow a vehicle which was cut in half to Clearfield Recycling. Detectives then reviewed the recycling facility sales receipt which stated that the Buick had been sold on August 8, 2012. The acquaintance who sold Wali-Yuddin’s vehicle to the tow truck owner denied any knowledge of the incident; however, cell phone records indicate that the acquaintance and Wali-Yuddin spoke to each other four times on the date of the sale.
Detectives contacted representatives from Nationwide Insurance Company who confirmed that Wali-Yuddin had made a claim for the theft of his vehicle on August 8, 2012. Nationwide representatives stated that they issued a settlement check in excess of sixteen thousand dollars to Wali-Yuddin for this alleged loss. Wali-Yuddin was arrested for Theft by Unlawful Taking, Insurance Fraud, Criminal Conspiracy and False Reports on April 8, 2014. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on April 14, 2014.
ADA Dawn Farrell and Detective Robert Stansfield of IFU are specially assigned to this case.