WOMAN SUBMITS FRAUDULENT RECEIPTS IN SUPPORT OF A HOMEOWNERS CLAIM WITH AMERICAN BANKERS INSURANCE COMPANY

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Charges:

Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 – F3

Attempted Theft by Deception 18 Pa C.S. § 3922 – F3

Forgery 18 Pa C.S. § 4101 – M1

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Kietta Hawkins after receiving a referral from the American Bankers Insurance Company. On March 8, 2013, Kietta Hawkins reported to her insurance company, American Bankers, that her home had been burglarized. Hawkins reported that four thousand dollars in cash and electronic equipment and jewelry in the value of approximately eleven thousand dollars had been stolen from her home. American Bankers issued Hawkins an insurance settlement of five thousand nine hundred and fifty-two dollars in response to her claim, and receipts she submitted in support of her claim.

Part of Hawkins’ insurance policy included replacement cost endorsement to compensate for depreciation of the items that were stolen. American Bankers insureds who have this endorsement can submit receipts from replacement purchases in order to receive reimbursement for the now more expensive cost of the same item they had stolen. On April 30, 2013, Hawkins sent American Bankers a receipt for new replacement televisions that she had purchased at Micro Center for two thousand nine hundred and ninety five dollars. The representative assigned to her claim called Micro Center and learned that the transaction number listed on Hawkins’ receipt corresponded with a purchase made by another customer for only one hundred and eight dollars. Micro Center also searched for any other purchases made by Kietta Hawkins and found that none existed. Hawkins was arrested for submitting a forged receipt in an attempt to defraud American Bankers Insurance Company. She was charged with Insurance Fraud, Attempted Theft by Deception and Forgery on March 22, 2016. She is next listed to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on March 28, 2016.


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