June 16, 2014: – A Philadelphia father and daughter are now facing fraud charges. 48 year old Ronald Walker and his 26 year old daughter Chynise Walker have been charged with Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud, Criminal Conspiracy, and False Reports.
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate Ronald and Chynise Walker after receiving a fraud referral from the Philadelphia Police Major Crimes Auto Squad. On February 28, 2012, a Major Crimes Auto Squad Officer was executing a search warrant inside a garage on West Queen Lane in Philadelphia when he recovered a 2003 Lincoln which had been previously reported stolen by Chynise Walker to the Philadelphia Police. The Lincoln registered as currently belonging to State Farm Insurance Company and so the officer referred the case to the Insurance Fraud Unit detectives for further investigation.
Detectives retrieved the Philadelphia Police Vehicle Theft Report which had been filed by Chynise Walker on May 23, 2010 and indicated that Walker still had the keys to her vehicle in her possession at the time the theft was reported. Detectives then obtained Walker’s State Farm Insurance file which contained a copy of a recorded interview in which Walker again stated that she had turned in the key and remotes to her vehicle only after she reported the theft to the Philadelphia Police and State Farm. However, examination of the 2003 Lincoln revealed that the car could only be operated by a programmed transponder key which Walker still had in her possession at the time of the alleged theft. Furthermore, detectives also discovered that the garage where the Lincoln had been recovered has been leased by Walker’s father, Ronald Walker, for the last six years.
Based on the investigation, both Ronald and Chynise Walker were arrested for allegedly conspiring to file a fraudulent theft claim for the 2003 Lincoln. State Farm Insurance Company issued payment in over fourteen thousand dollars in connection to this claim. Both targets were charged with Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud, Criminal Conspiracy and False Reports. They are next scheduled to appear for a status hearing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on June 20, 2014.
Detective Robert Stansfield and ADA Dawn Farrell of the Insurance Fraud Unit are specially assigned to this case.