THIRD ARREST FOR BODY SHOP OWNER WHO CASHED INSURANCE CLAIM CHECKS BUT FAILED TO PROPERLY REPAIR DAMAGES TO VEHICLES

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Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Darryl Sewell after receiving complaints from numerous customers. Sewell owns PSK Auto Body and was previously arrested in November of 2013 and June of 2015 by DAO Insurance Fraud detectives for cashing insurance claim checks but failing to properly repair vehicles. During this most recent investigation, Sewell cashed insurance checks from three different customers but did not fix or return any of the vehicles. Sewell received a thirty-three hundred dollar check from Erie Insurance for repairs to a 2006 Nissan, a thirty-seven hundred dollar check from Allstate Insurance for repairs to a 1999 Cadillac and a sixty-three hundred dollar check from GEICO for repairs to a 2012 Volkswagen. Detectives interviewed all three complainants who each stated that they brought their vehicles to Sewell at PSK Auto Body and then signed over their respective insurance checks. All three complainants described how once they finally did retrieve their cars the vehicles were in even worse condition than when they initially left the cars at the shop. In order to corroborate these accounts, detectives went to Richmond Check Cashing and retrieved documents which showed photographs of Sewell cashing the insurance checks and images of the checks themselves. Sewell was arrested for three counts of Insurance Fraud and three counts of Theft by Deception on August 4, 2015. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on August 10, 2015.


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