Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 – F3
Attempted Theft by Deception 18 Pa C.S. § 3922 – F3
Criminal Conspiracy 18 Pa C.S. § 903 – F3
False Reports 18 Pa C.S. § 4906 – M3
Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Rasheed Harris and Malikah Weaver for insurance fraud after receiving a referral from the Pennsylvania Financial Responsibility Assigned Claims Plan (PFRACP). Harris and Weaver retained a personal injury attorney to represent them in a claim against PFRACP. Harris and Weaver alleged that they were involved in an accident while passengers in a PFRACP insured 1999 Buick Century on November 17, 2014.
On November 18, 2014, Harris and Weaver sought treatment at Temple University Hospital for neck, back and shoulder injuries sustained during the alleged accident. Harris and Weaver then continued to receive medical treatment at Northwest Medical and Rehabilitation Center on fifty separate occasions between November 2014 and November 2015. Detectives reviewed medical records seized from Northwest Medical and Rehabilitation Center and learned that Harris and Weaver reported multiple ailments including back and shoulder pain.
On January 5, 2015, two months after the accident reportedly occurred, Harris and Weaver went to the 35th police district in Philadelphia to file an accident report. Harris and Weaver stated that they were passengers in a 1999 Buick when the owner of the vehicle crashed into a pole at the intersection of Belfield and Lindley Avenues. However, the investigation revealed that the 1999 Buick Century was impounded with the Philadelphia Parking Authority on the date of this alleged accident. Insurance Fraud Unit detectives interviewed the registered owner of the Buick who stated that she was never involved in an accident and that the Buick has been impounded with the Philadelphia Parking Authority since October 23, 2014. Harris and Weaver were arrested for attempting to defraud PFRACP and were charged with Criminal Conspiracy, Attempted Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud and False Reports. They are both listed for a status hearing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on March 28, 2016.