Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Sherida Archie after receiving a referral from Repwest Insurance Company. On August 1, 2014, a Repwest insured U-Haul truck struck a parked 2002 Mercedes Benz. Detectives retrieved the Philadelphia Police Department Accident Report which stated that the U-Haul had been traveling southbound when it struck the driver’s side of the Mercedes Benz and imploded the front tire and left multiple scratches on the driver’s side. However, the Repwest insurance file indicated that the driver of the U-Haul truck told Repwest that he did not cause any damage to the driver side of the Mercedes Benz during the accident beyond striking the tire. Rather, the driver stated that the scratches to the Benz were preexisting. Repwest investigators later learned that the Hartford Insurance Company had paid Sherida Archie three thousand dollars for identical damages to the Mercedes Benz in July of 2013 for a previous accident. Archie then reported the same damages to the Philadelphia Police and Repwest Insurance Company in August of 2014 in an attempt to receive a double payment for these same damages. Archie was arrested on April 6, 2015 for Insurance Fraud, Attempted Theft by Deception and False Reports. She is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on April 13, 2015 for a status listing.
WOMAN REPORTED PREEXISTING DAMAGES TO REPWEST INSURANCE COMPANY IN ORDER TO RECEIVE SETTLEMENT