April 2, 2014: The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) has charged 20 year old Joseph Matos with Insurance Fraud and Forgery for using a false insurance card.
IFU detectives began to investigate Joseph Matos after receiving a referral from the Philadelphia Police Auto Pound. The referral indicated that on January 6, 2014, Matos attempted to retrieve his 2005 Ford from the Philadelphia Police Auto Pound with a fraudulent American Independent financial responsibility identification card. The officer contacted American Independent Insurance Company who conveyed that the listed policy number was not valid. Matos later retrieved the car with a legitimate Progressive Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card. Pursuant to the investigation, detectives then retrieved the title history for 2005 Ford which showed that Matos had registered the vehicle on November 6, 2012 with the same allegedly fraudulent financial responsibility identification card. Detectives then contacted investigators at American Independent who once again stated that the listed policy number did not belong to Matos nor did they insure Matos.
Matos was arrested on April 2, 2014 for Insurance Fraud and Forgery. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on May 5, 2014 for a status listing.
Detective Robert Stansfield and ADA Debra Naish of IFU are specially assigned to this case.