WOMAN FRAUDULENTLY REPORTS VEHICLE STOLEN TO THE PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT AND STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANY

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Charges:

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

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

False Reports 18 Pa C.S. § 4906 – M2

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Darlene Wright after receiving a referral from the Philadelphia Police Department Major Crimes Unit. On August 5, 2015, Wright reported her 2006 Toyota Sienna stolen to the Philadelphia Police Department. On August 3, 2015, Wright called State Farm Insurance Company and stated that her vehicle was missing from the vicinity of 10th and Duncannon Streets in Philadelphia. However, in a later recorded statement with State Farm, Wright admitted that she had received notice from the Philadelphia Police Department on August 10, 2016 that her Sienna had been found and impounded. Officers later learned that the 2006 Toyota Sienna had been sold to Big Head Auto Salvage located on the 3500 block of South 61st Street in Philadelphia. An employee of the salvage yard provided a copy of the date book showing the transaction. The investigation revealed that Wright attempted to report her vehicle stolen when she had previously sold the vehicle. She was arrested on July 5, 2016 and charged with Attempted Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud and False Reports. She is next scheduled for a status listing on August 2, 2016 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.


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