MAN FRAUDULENTLY CASHES STATE WORKER’S INSURANCE FUND WORKER’S COMPENSATION CHECKS

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Charges:

Forgery 18 Pa C.S. § 4101 – F3

Conspiracy 18 Pa C.S. § 903 – F3

Theft by Unlawful Taking 18 Pa C.S. § 3921 – F3

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

Access Device Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4106 – F3

Securing Execution of Documents 18 Pa C.S. § 4114 – M2

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) investigated James Davis after receiving a referral from Special Investigators in the Pennsylvania Department of Treasury. The investigation revealed that the State Worker’s Insurance Fund (SWIF) had been paying workers’ compensation benefits to Elwell Davis prior to his death in 1980. Following Elwell Davis’ death, his surviving spouse, Elizabeth Davis, successfully petitioned to receive his SWIF benefit checks. In October of 2011, SWIF reviewed this claim and discovered that Elizabeth Davis had died in July of 2010. Subsequent to July 2010, sixteen SWIF benefit checks payable to Elizabeth Davis had been deposited into a number of different bank accounts.

After verifying Elizabeth Davis’ death by obtaining a death certificate, IFU detectives reviewed the checks and retrieved bank records. The records indicated that eleven of the sixteen checks had been endorsed “Elizabeth Davis to James Davis” and then signed “James Davis.” Bank records show that these checks were deposited into James Davis’ SB1 Federal Credit Union account using a Citizens Bank ATM machine.  Based on bank records and interviews, IFU detectives determined that Davis had allegedly deposited SWIF benefit checks belonging to the decedent, Elizabeth Davis. Davis was arrested for Forgery, Theft by Unlawful Taking, Theft by Deception, Access Device Fraud, Securing Execution and Criminal Conspiracy on August 18, 2016. Davis is next scheduled to appear for a status listing on September 27, 2016 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.


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