September 27, 2014: Philadelphia Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives charged 47 year old Darryl Pickett with filing a fraudulent homeowners claim after he alleged that a burglar stole over forty-eight hundred dollars worth of electronic equipment from his home. On June 14, 2013, Pickett reported to both the Philadelphia Police and State Farm Insurance Company that his home had been burglarized and that electronic devices, including two Apple laptops, over ten video games, and a PlayStation 3, had been stolen from his home. State Farm requested receipts for these purchases. Pickett provided a Best Buy receipt which listed an itemized transaction of over forty-four hundred dollars but did not show a date of purchase or a method of payment. Detectives performed a search warrant on the Best Buy and were told that no information was available on Pickett. Best Buy also included a copy of their receipt format, which was not at all similar to the one Pickett submitted to State Farm. Pickett had also submitted an EB Games receipt for over ten video games and a PlayStation game console. Detectives contacted representatives from Game Stop who stated that they purchased EB Games in 2005 and that the store on the alleged receipt is no longer listed under the old title. Furthermore, the listed address for the alleged Game Stop is a residential property and has been since its construction. In addition, many of the purchased games that Pickett listed on his receipt were not even released until after the date of the supposed purchase. Finally, Game Stop employees stated that Pickett is not an account holder nor did his receipt match their company format. Pickett was arrested for Insurance Fraud and Theft by Deception on September 27, 2014. He is next listed for a status hearing on October 3, 2014 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.
ADA Deb Naish and Detective Andrew Snyder of IFU are specially assigned to this case.