February 5, 2015 : Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Mickel Mercer after receiving a referral from Colonial Life Insurance. Mercer had been employed by Colonial Life to sell disability, life and accident policies in return for commission. While employed by the company, Mercer submitted over seventy-five insurance applications for twenty-one individuals during a two-month period. In connection to these policies, Colonial Life should have received premium payments in excess of thirty-three thousand dollars. When these funds never materialized, the company reported Mercer for suspicions of fraud and forgery.
The investigation revealed that the listed twenty-one individuals were all supposedly employed by a company called Intelligent Negotiations, LLC which was a fictitious corporation headed by Mercer. When detectives approached alleged employees of the company, they denied any knowledge of applying for insurance policies and also denied ever working for the enterprise. Detectives learned that Mercer had used biographical information of acquaintances in order to fraudulently open these policies and receive commission bonuses. He was arrested for Insurance Fraud, Forgery, Theft by Deception, Identity Theft and Securing Execution on February 5, 2015. He is next listed for a status hearing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on February 13, 2015.