February 6, 2015 : Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Demetrius Faust and Dennis Carr after receiving a referral from Repwest Insurance Company. On September 29, 2011, the Philadelphia Police reported that an individual driving a rented U-Haul truck struck a parked 2003 Honda Accord. The police officer reported that there were no passengers in the U-Haul truck at the time of the accident nor did any individuals claim to be hurt. However, Repwest later received letters of representation from an attorney who stated that he represented five individuals who were allegedly hurt in this accident, including Dennis Carr and Demetrius Faust. Insurance Fraud Unit detectives retrieved the Repwest Insurance file which included a statement from Dennis Carr where he alleged that he was driving the U-Haul truck at the time of the accident. This statement contradicted the police report in which another individual is named as the driver. The investigation later revealed that both Faust and Carr filed injury claims against Repwest Insurance Company when they had not actually been present during the accident. Faust was arrested on January 8, 2015 and Carr was arrested on January 16. Both were charged with Insurance Fraud (F3), Insurance Fraud (M2), Conspiracy and Attempted Theft by Deception. Both are scheduled for status listings in late February at the Philadelphia Municipal Court.
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February 5, 2015 : Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Mickel Mercer after receiving a referral from Colonial Life Insurance. Mercer had been employed by Colonial Life to sell disability, life and accident policies in return for commission. While employed by the company, Mercer submitted over seventy-five insurance applications for twenty-one individuals during a two-month period. In connection to these policies, Colonial Life should have received premium payments in excess of thirty-three thousand dollars. When these funds never materialized, the company reported Mercer for suspicions of fraud and forgery.
The investigation revealed that the listed twenty-one individuals were all supposedly employed by a company called Intelligent Negotiations, LLC which was a fictitious corporation headed by Mercer. When detectives approached alleged employees of the company, they denied any knowledge of applying for insurance policies and also denied ever working for the enterprise. Detectives learned that Mercer had used biographical information of acquaintances in order to fraudulently open these policies and receive commission bonuses. He was arrested for Insurance Fraud, Forgery, Theft by Deception, Identity Theft and Securing Execution on February 5, 2015. He is next listed for a status hearing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on February 13, 2015.
Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Nicole Chandler after receiving a referral from Safe Auto Insurance Company. On June 1, 2014, Chandler reported to Safe Auto that she had been in an accident on May 31, 2014 shortly before four o’clock in the afternoon; however, police reports and dispatch records indicate that the accident had actually occurred shortly before two o’clock in the afternoon. Records from the insurance company show that Chandler purchased an insurance policy slightly after two o’clock in the afternoon and then later added collision and rental coverage to her policy. Insurance Fraud Unit detectives determined that Chandler did not have a valid policy at the time of her accident and later misrepresented the time of the collision to Safe Auto in order to receive coverage. Chandler was arrested on February 2, 2015 for Insurance Fraud and Attempted Theft by Deception. She is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on February 9, 2015 for a status listing.
September 30, 2014: Today, Philadelphia Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives charged 20 year old Shawn Smith for registering a 2002 Pontiac with a fraudulent Travelers Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card. On June 18, 2014, a Philadelphia Police Officer from the 39th District stopped Smith during a vehicle/pedestrian investigation. Smith produced a Travelers Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card during the search. The officer called Travelers Insurance Company and they informed him that they do not insure Smith. The officer then referred this case to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit.
Detectives obtained the title history for the 2002 Pontiac and learned that the car had been registered with the same Travelers financial responsibility identification card in April of 2014. Detectives spoke to a representative from Travelers who responded that the company did not insure Smith nor was the listed policy number legitimate. Smith was arrested on September 30, 2014 for Forgery and Insurance Fraud. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on October 16, 2014.
September 29, 2014: 30 year old Job Boatneg was charged with Insurance Fraud, Theft by Deception, False Reports and Conspiracy by Philadelphia Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives. Job Boateng was arrested in connection to an insurance fraud case in which his wife, Awura Boateng, was previously arrested. Awura Boateng filed a claim with Nationwide Insurance Company alleging that her husband had been driving her BMW when a phantom vehicle cut off their car and caused them to strike a tree. Awura Boateng reported to Nationwide Insurance Company that her car was inoperable and had sustained damages to the front bumper, lights and hood as a result of the accident. The investigation revealed that Job Boateng had repeatedly struck a pole with the BMW in order to create additional damages after the initial collision. Job Boateng was later joined by several other males who helped to strike the BMW with sticks. Job Boateng was arrested for Theft by Deception (F-3), Insurance Fraud (F-3), Conspiracy (F-3) and False Reports (M-2) on September 29, 2014. He is next scheduled for a status listing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on October 6, 2014.
ADA Dawn Farrell and Detective Al Quintile of IFU are specially assigned to this case.
September 27, 2014: Philadelphia Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives charged 47 year old Darryl Pickett with filing a fraudulent homeowners claim after he alleged that a burglar stole over forty-eight hundred dollars worth of electronic equipment from his home. On June 14, 2013, Pickett reported to both the Philadelphia Police and State Farm Insurance Company that his home had been burglarized and that electronic devices, including two Apple laptops, over ten video games, and a PlayStation 3, had been stolen from his home. State Farm requested receipts for these purchases. Pickett provided a Best Buy receipt which listed an itemized transaction of over forty-four hundred dollars but did not show a date of purchase or a method of payment. Detectives performed a search warrant on the Best Buy and were told that no information was available on Pickett. Best Buy also included a copy of their receipt format, which was not at all similar to the one Pickett submitted to State Farm. Pickett had also submitted an EB Games receipt for over ten video games and a PlayStation game console. Detectives contacted representatives from Game Stop who stated that they purchased EB Games in 2005 and that the store on the alleged receipt is no longer listed under the old title. Furthermore, the listed address for the alleged Game Stop is a residential property and has been since its construction. In addition, many of the purchased games that Pickett listed on his receipt were not even released until after the date of the supposed purchase. Finally, Game Stop employees stated that Pickett is not an account holder nor did his receipt match their company format. Pickett was arrested for Insurance Fraud and Theft by Deception on September 27, 2014. He is next listed for a status hearing on October 3, 2014 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.
ADA Deb Naish and Detective Andrew Snyder of IFU are specially assigned to this case.
September 25, 2014: 28 year old Chealley Tardey was arrested by Philadelphia Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives for registering a 1993 Chevrolet with a fraudulent State Farm financial responsibility identification card. On July 1, 2014, Tardey went to the Philadelphia Police Impound Unit and presented a State Farm financial responsibility identification card in order to retrieve his Chevrolet. The sergeant on duty called State Farm Insurance Company and learned that they did not insure Tardey. The sergeant then referred this incident to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit. During the course of the investigation, detectives obtained the title history for the 1993 Chevrolet and learned that the car had been registered with the State Farm financial responsibility card in March of 2014. The title history further revealed that Tardey had registered the same vehicle with an American Independent financial responsibility identification card in March of 2012. Detectives called representatives from both of these companies and learned that neither had ever insured Tardey nor were these policies legitimate. Tardey was arrested on September 25, 2014 for Insurance Fraud and two counts of Forgery. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on October 3, 2014.
ADA Mike Kershaw and Detective Robert Stansfield of the IFU are specially assigned to this case.
September 25, 2014: Today, Philadelphia Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives charged 23 year old Khary Carrington with Insurance Fraud, Theft by Deception, and False Reports after receiving a referral from the Philadelphia Police Department Major Crimes Unit. The referral indicated that Carrington fraudulently reported his 2006 Dodge Charger stolen to both the Philadelphia Police and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company despite the fact that he had sold the vehicle to a junk yard two days prior. On July 26, 2013, Carrington reported to the Philadelphia Police that he had parked his car on the 6800 block of Greenway Avenue in Philadelphia and later discovered it was stolen. The Philadelphia Police Vehicle Theft Report stated that the Dodge Charger was valued at about ten thousand dollars and had twenty-five hundred dollars worth of sneakers in his trunk. The police report also indicated that Carrington had reported the theft to his insurer, Liberty Mutual.
Detectives retrieved the claim file from Liberty Mutual which contained a copy of Carrington’s recorded statement. Carrington told the insurance company that his Dodge Charger had been stolen from the 6800 block of Greenway Avenue in Philadelphia and further stated that he had only one set of keys to vehicle, which he allegedly stored in his mother’s Nissan in Upper Darby. An Upper Darby police report revealed that Carrington had reported a theft from a vehicle on July 25, 2013 and had reported that various clothing and four thousand dollars worth of sneakers had been stolen from the vehicle. Detectives then interviewed a tow truck driver for D and J Junkyard who related that Carrington sold him a 2006 Dodge Charger with a defective engine on July 23, 2013 which was crushed on the same day. Detectives also reviewed the tow slip receipt which showed that Carrington had received three hundred and seventy five dollars for selling his Charger two days before he made the theft report.
Khary Carrington was arrested on September 25, 2014 for Insurance Fraud, Theft by Deception and False Reports. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on October 17, 2014.
Detective Gilbert Brooks and ADA Deb Naish of IFU are specially assigned to this case.
August 11, 2014: Philadelphia Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate 55 year old Annette Shirley White after receiving a fraud referral from Met Life Insurance Company. On March 3, 2011, White applied for a homeowner’s policy with Met Life Insurance Company after her previous policy with Liberty Mutual was cancelled due to non-payment. During the application process, representatives from Met Life inquired whether White had ever had a policy cancelled due to non-payment or if she had filed any claims under her former policy during the last five years. White denied both questions; however, the investigation later revealed that White had not answered truthfully during her policy application.
The day prior to White’s Met Life Insurance Company policy inception, the City of Philadelphia Department of Licensures and Inspections received a complaint that stated that the rear wall of White’s property was collapsing and that cement blocks were falling to the ground. Two days later, the Department of Licensures and Inspections issued a safety violation to White after a representative deemed the wall unsafe. On March 7, 2011, White filed a claim with Met Life Insurance Company alleging that the same wall had collapsed following a particularly heavy rainstorm. Met Life then hired an engineer who concluded that the wall had collapsed due to structural deterioration resulting from poor maintenance rather than because of a storm.
Based on the investigation, detectives concluded that White not only misrepresented herself during her policy application, but that she also filed a fraudulent claim in which she indicated that her wall had collapsed due to a storm rather than because of ongoing neglect. White was arrested on August 11, 2014 for Insurance Fraud (F-3), Insurance Fraud (M-2), Theft by Unlawful Taking, Theft by Deception, and Attempted Theft by Deception. She is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on August 18, 2014.
This case is specially assigned to Detective David Fisher and ADA Vicki Markovitz of the Insurance Fraud Unit.
July 31, 2014: Philadelphia Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate 42 year old Marc Smith after receiving a referral from Erie Insurance Company. On February 17, 2014, Philadelphia Police Department officers responded to the 8600 block of Krewstown Road where they found a 2009 Ford F-150 pick-up truck with smoke coming from the inside of the vehicle. The vehicle was then towed to the Philadelphia Auto Squad Headquarters and detectives contacted Marc Smith, the owner of the vehicle. Smith alleged that he had not seen the vehicle since he last parked it in his driveway and he later signed a vehicle theft report.
In spite of Smith’s allegations of theft, Philadelphia Fire Marshalls declared that the burned F-150 had been an arson. The car had a strong odor of gasoline and a trained arson detection canine gave multiple alerts that indicated that the fire had been intentional. Furthermore, Smith’s F-150 is equipped with a transponder ignition which would prohibit it from being started without the use of the correct key. Detectives then contacted investigators from Erie Insurance who alleged that Smith had participated in an examination under oath and had testified that his vehicle had been stolen. Investigators stated that the Ford F-150 had been declared a total loss and that Erie Insurance had issued over seventeen thousand dollars in payment for the vehicle.
Detectives also interviewed multiple witnesses who gave statements indicating that Smith had committed arson in order to receive insurance money for his the vehicle which he could no longer afford. Based on the Fire Marshall’s investigation, witness interviews and the fact that the car had been equipped with a transponder ignition, Smith was arrested for Arson, Causing or Risking Catastrophe, Criminal Mischief, Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud, Perjury, Securing Execution, False Swearing and Unsworn Falsifying on July 31, 2014. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on August 8, 2014 for a status listing.
ADA Debra Naish and Detective Patrick Gleason of IFU are specially assigned to this case.