Theft by Deception 18 Pa C.S. § 3922 – F3
Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 – F3
Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 – M1
False Reports 18 Pa C.S. § 4906 – M3
Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Georgeanne Leuzzi after receiving a referral from the Howell Township Police Department. On April 27, 2014, Howell Township police officers arrested Angelo Leuzzi for theft and impounded the 2011 Cadillac CTS that he was driving. In August 2014, Angelo’s wife, Georgeanne Leuzzi, reported the vehicle stolen to both the Philadelphia Police Department and USAA Insurance Company despite knowing that the car had been impounded by the Howell Township Police Department.
On August 6, 2014, Georgeanne Leuzzi, reported her Cadillac CTS stolen to the Philadelphia Police Department. Leuzzi told police that she had parked her vehicle about one block from her residence in May 2014 and then discovered the vehicle was missing in August 2014. Leuzzi further stated that she had not checked on the vehicle during this three month period between May 2014 and August 2014. Two days after reporting her vehicle stolen to the police, Leuzzi called USAA Insurance Company to file a claim for her stolen vehicle. Leuzzi confirmed to the USAA representative that she had not seen her vehicle in two months and had only discovered it was missing in August 2014. On August 21, USAA notified Leuzzi that they had settled her claim but stated that she was responsible for notifying USAA if law enforcement determined where her vehicle was located. Leuzzi responded by submitting power of attorney forms granting USAA permission to sign for or transfer her vehicle. USAA then issued a payment of twenty-five thousand two hundred and forty dollars to PNC Bank to settle Leuzzi’s loan for the 2011 Cadillac CTS.
The investigation revealed that Leuzzi knew where her vehicle was located when she filed her theft claim despite USAA’s disclosure that she must notify them if law enforcement found her vehicle. Insurance Fraud Unit detectives spoke to a police officer from Howell Township who stated that Georgeanne Leuzzi had contacted him and requested the return of her vehicle. The officer stated that Leuzzi should contact the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Forfeiture Unit. On June 23, 2014, Leuzzi contacted a prosecutor from this office about the return of her vehicle and was told that the vehicle was used in commission of a crime and was therefore subject to forfeiture. Cell phone records establish that Leuzzi did call both the Howell Township Police Department and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Leuzzi was arrested on July 20, 2016 for reporting her vehicle stolen when she knew the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Forfeiture Unit was in possession of her vehicle. She was charged with a felony count of Insurance Fraud, a misdemeanor count of Insurance Fraud, Theft by Deception and False Reports to Law Enforcement Authorities. She is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on September 6, 2016