WOMAN ARRESTED FOR REPORTING AN ACCIDENT TO SAFE AUTO INSURANCE COMPANY THAT OCCURRED DURING A POLICY LAPSE

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Charges:

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

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

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Luvenia Cottrell after receiving a referral from Safe Auto Insurance Company. On June 17, 2014, Cottrell was involved in a hit and run accident while her vehicle was parked along the 4800 block of Whitaker Avenue in Philadelphia. When Cottrell reported her accident to Safe Auto Insurance Company, she was told that her policy had been cancelled on June 10, 2014 for non-payment. On July 2, 2014, Cottrell reinstated her Safe Auto Insurance policy and then filed a claim on July 9, 2014 for damages identical to the ones caused by her earlier accident. The investigation revealed that Cottrell reported an accident that had occurred prior to the reinstatement of her Safe Auto Insurance Company policy. Cottrell was arrested for Insurance Fraud and Attempted Theft by Deception on August 22, 2016. She is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on October 3, 2016.


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