Forgery 18 Pa C.S. § 4101 – F3 (Felder only)
Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 – F3
Criminal Conspiracy 18 Pa C.S. § 903 – F3
False Reports 18 Pa C.S. § 4906 – M3
Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Omar Carroll after receiving a referral from the Philadelphia Police Department. On November 28, 2015, Omar Carroll was involved in an accident with his 2006 Chevrolet Uplander where he struck a GEICO insured vehicle and then fled the scene of the accident. The driver of the GEICO insured vehicle followed Carroll after he left the scene and observed Carroll leaving the vehicle on the 5600 block of Stokes Street. The driver then notified the Philadelphia Police Department and filed an accident report. The officers who responded looked in the parked and unlocked Uplander and saw an Infinity Insurance financial responsibility identification card belonging to Omar Carroll.
On December 16, 2015, the same Philadelphia Police officers who took the accident report noticed that the Chevrolet Uplander was still parked on the 5600 block of Stokes Street, but that the vehicle was now registering as stolen. The officers also found that Carroll’s insurance card was no longer inside of the vehicle. The officers then received information from the Abington Police Department who stated that the car had been reported stolen on November 28, 2015. Insurance Fraud Unit detectives retrieved the Abington Township Police Department theft report which indicated that Ayona Felder had reported the 2006 Chevrolet Uplander stolen from her street in Willow Grove on November 28, 2015. Detectives noticed that this theft report was filed twenty minutes after the hit and run accident in West Philadelphia. The Abington Township officer who took this report asked Felder if she had a set of the car keys; however, she was unable to produce them. Felder stated that her husband, Carroll, may have a set of the keys. Carroll later told the officer that he did in fact have the car keys but he did not know who could have been responsible for stealing the vehicle.
Cell phone tower records show that Felder and Carroll were in contact on the night of the hit and run accident. As part of the investigation, Insurance Fraud Unit detectives obtained cell phone records from AT&T and T-Mobile and learned that two minutes after the hit and run accident occurred on November 28, Carroll called Felder’s cell phone. Cell tower location records indicated that Carroll’s cell phone was transmitting from the vicinity of 5600 Stokes Street at the time of the hit and run accident. One hour and forty minutes later, Carroll’s cell phone was transmitting from the address he shares with Felder in Willow Grove.
Detectives retrieved the Penndot title history for the 2006 Chevrolet Uplander which stated that it was registered by Ayona Felder by an Infinity Insurance financial responsibility identification card. Detectives spoke to a representative from Infinity Insurance who stated that they had no policies assigned to Felder and that the listed policy number was not associated with Felder. Detectives also reviewed the GEICO file of the driver who Carroll struck and learned that they received confirmation from Infinity that the company does not have a valid policy for Felder.
Detectives arrested Omar Carroll and Ayona Felder for conspiring to report Felder’s uninsured vehicle stolen after Carroll was involved in a hit and run accident with the vehicle. Omar Carroll was arrested on March 11, 2016 for Criminal Conspiracy, Insurance Fraud and False Reports. Ayona Felder was arrested on March 22, 2016 for Criminal Conspiracy, Forgery, Insurance Fraud and False Reports. Both are next listed for a status hearing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on April 1, 2016.