MAN ARRESTED FOR MISREPRESENTING THE DATE OF AN ACCIDENT TO PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE COMPANY

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Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Diontai Lewis after receiving a referral from Progressive Insurance Company. On April 26, 2015, Lewis contacted his insurer, Progressive Insurance Company, and upgraded his policy to include comprehension, collision and rental car reimbursement. On April 27, 2015, Lewis filed a claim for damages to his 2002 Volvo which had been parked on American Street in Philadelphia when it was struck by an unknown vehicle while parked unattended. Lewis uploaded two photographs of the damage to his vehicle with his cell phone and submitted the pictures as part of his claim. Progressive investigators requested metadata from these photographs from Sprint and discovered that the pictures had been taken on April 26, 2015. Insurance Fraud Unit detectives verified with Sprint that the photographs came from a cell phone number belonging to Diontai Lewis. Detectives then determined that Lewis’ Volvo was struck before he added comprehensive and collision to his Progressive policy. Lewis was arrested on May 9, 2016 for misrepresenting the date of the accident in an attempt to have Progressive fix his vehicle. He was charged with Insurance Fraud and Attempted Theft by Deception and is next listed in Philadelphia Municipal Court on September 9, 2016 for a status listing.


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