Archive for the ‘Insurance Fraud Arrest’ Category

MAN FILES FRAUDULENT PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM AGAINST SEDGWICK CLAIMS MANAGEMENT

August 19, 2016

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Charlton Prince after receiving a referral from Sedgwick Claims Management, a third-party administrator for claims against 7-11. On June 24, 2015, Prince went into the 7-11 located on 1500 JFK Boulevard in Philadelphia and allegedly slipped and fell while inside of the store. Detectives interviewed the 7-11 store manager, as well as a 7-11 field consultant, who were both present when Prince allegedly fell. The store manager stated that Prince told him that he slipped and fell and asked him to call an ambulance. Insurance Fraud Unit detectives retrieved surveillance footage from the 7-11, which shows Prince and another male walking together outside of the store and then enter the 7-11 separately. The man accompanying Prince approached the store’s soda machine and filled a cup with liquid. The male then proceeded to throw the liquid on to the floor. After the man left the store, Prince feigned falling on the spilled liquid as he lowered himself on to the floor. Prince then retained counsel to represent him in an injury claim for alleged injuries to his ankle, lower back, left hip and right elbow. Prince was arrested on August 10, 2016 for filing a fraudulent personal injury claim against 7-11. He was charged with Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud and Criminal Conspiracy and is next scheduled to appear for a status listing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on August 16, 2016.

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

August 19, 2016

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.

WOMAN FRAUDULENTLY REPORTS VEHICLE STOLEN TO THE PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT AND USAA INSURANCE COMPANY  

July 28, 2016

 

 

 

Charges:

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

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

Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 – M1

False Reports 18 Pa C.S. § 4906 – M3

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Georgeanne Leuzzi after receiving a referral from the Howell Township Police Department. On April 27, 2014, Howell Township police officers arrested Angelo Leuzzi for theft and impounded the 2011 Cadillac CTS that he was driving. In August 2014, Angelo’s wife, Georgeanne Leuzzi, reported the vehicle stolen to both the Philadelphia Police Department and USAA Insurance Company despite knowing that the car had been impounded by the Howell Township Police Department.

On August 6, 2014, Georgeanne Leuzzi, reported her Cadillac CTS stolen to the Philadelphia Police Department. Leuzzi told police that she had parked her vehicle about one block from her residence in May 2014 and then discovered the vehicle was missing in August 2014. Leuzzi further stated that she had not checked on the vehicle during this three month period between May 2014 and August 2014. Two days after reporting her vehicle stolen to the police, Leuzzi called USAA Insurance Company to file a claim for her stolen vehicle. Leuzzi confirmed to the USAA representative that she had not seen her vehicle in two months and had only discovered it was missing in August 2014. On August 21, USAA notified Leuzzi that they had settled her claim but stated that she was responsible for notifying USAA if law enforcement determined where her vehicle was located. Leuzzi responded by submitting power of attorney forms granting USAA permission to sign for or transfer her vehicle. USAA then issued a payment of twenty-five thousand two hundred and forty dollars to PNC Bank to settle Leuzzi’s loan for the 2011 Cadillac CTS.

The investigation revealed that Leuzzi knew where her vehicle was located when she filed her theft claim despite USAA’s disclosure that she must notify them if law enforcement found her vehicle. Insurance Fraud Unit detectives spoke to a police officer from Howell Township who stated that Georgeanne Leuzzi had contacted him and requested the return of her vehicle. The officer stated that Leuzzi should contact the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Forfeiture Unit. On June 23, 2014, Leuzzi contacted a prosecutor from this office about the return of her vehicle and was told that the vehicle was used in commission of a crime and was therefore subject to forfeiture. Cell phone records establish that Leuzzi did call both the Howell Township Police Department and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Leuzzi was arrested on July 20, 2016 for reporting her vehicle stolen when she knew the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Forfeiture Unit was in possession of her vehicle. She was charged with a felony count of Insurance Fraud, a misdemeanor count of Insurance Fraud, Theft by Deception and False Reports to Law Enforcement Authorities. She is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on September 6, 2016

WOMAN FRAUDULENTLY REPORTS VEHICLE STOLEN TO THE PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT AND STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANY

July 28, 2016

 

Charges:

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

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

False Reports 18 Pa C.S. § 4906 – M2

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Darlene Wright after receiving a referral from the Philadelphia Police Department Major Crimes Unit. On August 5, 2015, Wright reported her 2006 Toyota Sienna stolen to the Philadelphia Police Department. On August 3, 2015, Wright called State Farm Insurance Company and stated that her vehicle was missing from the vicinity of 10th and Duncannon Streets in Philadelphia. However, in a later recorded statement with State Farm, Wright admitted that she had received notice from the Philadelphia Police Department on August 10, 2016 that her Sienna had been found and impounded. Officers later learned that the 2006 Toyota Sienna had been sold to Big Head Auto Salvage located on the 3500 block of South 61st Street in Philadelphia. An employee of the salvage yard provided a copy of the date book showing the transaction. The investigation revealed that Wright attempted to report her vehicle stolen when she had previously sold the vehicle. She was arrested on July 5, 2016 and charged with Attempted Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud and False Reports. She is next scheduled for a status listing on August 2, 2016 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

MAN CHARGED FOR REGISTERING A VEHICLE WITH A FRAUDULENT AMERICAN INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IDENTIFICATION CARD

July 28, 2016

 

Charges:

Forgery 18 Pa C.S. § 4101 – F3

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

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Antoine Laster after receiving an insurance fraud referral from a citizen. During the course of investigating a 1994 Mercury, detectives learned from the car’s Penndot title history that Laster had registered the 1994 Mercury with an American Independent Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card. Detectives called a representative from American Independent Insurance Company and learned that Laster was never insured by the company and that the listed policy number corresponded to a policy owned by another customer. Laster was arrested for Insurance Fraud and Forgery on July 10, 2016. He is next scheduled to appear for a status listing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on July 18, 2016.

 

 

MAN FILES FRAUDULENT PERSONAL INJURY CASE AGAINST SEPTA

July 28, 2016

Charges:

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

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

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Keith Murphy after receiving a referral from SEPTA. On July 7, 2013, Murphy was a passenger on the Route 89 bus when the bus was struck from behind by a Volvo. The back bumper of the bus was scraped as a result. Detectives interviewed the SEPTA bus operator who stated that no passengers were injured as a result of this incident and that neither the police nor paramedics reported to the scene of the accident. The operator also stated that he had been driving less than five miles per hour when the accident occurred and that he never slammed on his brakes when stopping. Surveillance footage from the Route 89 bus shows that the bus slowly turned the corner at the intersection of G Street and Hunting Park Avenue when it was struck from behind by a Volvo. The footage shows that none of the passengers were disturbed by the impact.

Despite the lack of impact, Keith Murphy hired personal counsel to represent him in an injury claim against SEPTA. Murphy submitted a SEPTA claim form which stated that he was seated at the back of the Route 89 bus when it collided with another vehicle and that he consequently injured his neck and back. Murphy sought medical treatment at Chestnut Street Rehabilitation on eleven separate occasions between July and August 2013 and accumulated medical bills totaling eight thousand nine hundred and thirty-seven dollars. Murphy then sought treatment at the Wellness Medical Center on twenty-nine separate occasions between August 2013 and January 2014. Murphy’s medical records indicate that he suffered back and shoulder pain as a result of being jerked and jostled on the Route 89 bus. Murphy’s bills from Wellness Medical Center totaled five thousand five hundred and ninety-two dollars. In November 2013, Murphy also had an MRI which cost eighteen hundred dollars. Murphy’s counsel submitted these medical bills to SEPTA as part of his personal injury claim.

Murphy was arrested on July 5, 2016 for attempting to file a fraudulent injury lawsuit against SEPTA. He was charged with Attempted Theft by Deception and Insurance Fraud. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on August 5, 2016.

 

 

 

 

WOMAN FILES FRAUDULENT THEFT CLAIM WITH FEDERAL INSURANCE COMPANY

July 7, 2016

Charges:

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

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

False Reports 18 Pa C.S. § 4906 – M3

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Kim Jordan after receiving a referral from G4S Compliance and Investigations, which provides investigation services for Federal Insurance Company. On July 13, 2014, Jordan returned to the room where she was staying at the Hilton Hotel on City Line Avenue in Philadelphia and discovered that her room key would not work. Jordan went downstairs to speak to the manager on duty and learned that the hotel had mistakenly put another guest in Jordan’s room. Hotel security then moved the guest to another room on the floor so that Jordan and her family could get back into the room which originally belonged to them. Two days after the incident, Jordan reported to hotel security that some of her personal belongings were missing, including twenty bathing suits valued at nine hundred and seventy dollars. Jordan was asked to make a list of the missing items and to file a police report. On July 22, 2014, Jordan submitted a list detailing the allegedly stolen items and filed a report with the Philadelphia Police. Jordan wrote that her clothing, cell phone, jewelry, sunglasses, perfume, suit cases, makeup and electronics were all allegedly missing as a result of this incident.

Insurance Fraud Unit detectives interviewed Hilton Hotel employees who worked on the night of the alleged theft as part of their investigation. These employees stated that the man who had been mistakenly placed in Jordan’s room only had a small bag with him, and when notified of the mistake, he and his companion left the room immediately. These employees also stated that Jordan had not immediately reported any of her items missing on the night she discovered that another guest had been in her room. Furthermore, when Jordan was later asked to provide receipts for these items she stated she was unable to do so. Detectives also interviewed the man who had been mistakenly put in Jordan’s room and he stated that he had only brought a small bag of his own to the hotel, and never saw any personal items or suitcases when he entered the room that belonged to Jordan.

Jordan attempted to defraud Federal Insurance Company of eleven thousand and eighty-five dollars for items that allegedly went missing from her room. Jordan contradicted her own account of the night of the supposed theft on several occasions and was unable to provide receipts for any of the items she allegedly had stolen. Jordan was arrested on June 30, 2016 for filing a fraudulent theft claim. She was charged with Attempted Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud and False Reports and is next scheduled to appear on July 5, 2016 for a status listing.

 

WOMEN FILES NINE FRAUDULENT CLAIMS WITH STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANY

July 7, 2016

Charges:

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

Attempted Theft by Deception 18 Pa C.S. § 3922 – F3 (5 counts)

Theft by Deception 18 Pa C.S. § 3922 – F3 (4 counts)

Forgery 18 Pa C.S. § 4101 – F3 (9 counts)

Impersonating a Public Servant 18 Pa C.S. § 4912 – M2

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Angel Carey after receiving a referral from State Farm Insurance Company. On August 27, 2011, Carey claimed that Hurricane Irene damaged her home in Philadelphia. State Farm resolved Carey’s claim by paying her eight thousand five hundred and fourteen dollars for repairs to her roof and fifty nine thousand four hundred and fifty two dollars for damages to her personal property. Despite receiving these claim checks, Carey continued to report additional items damaged to State Farm by submitting forged receipts.

Carey filed nine additional claims with State Farm for the following allegedly damaged items: a camera valued at approximately thirty-eight thousand dollars, a piece of art valued at four thousand four hundred and fifty-two dollars, a keyboard valued at four thousand one hundred and three dollars, an antique record player valued at three thousand two hundred and sixty one dollars, additional repairs to her roof valued at seven thousand three hundred and seventy-one dollars, a server and audio interface valued at six thousand six hundred and ninety-three dollars, musical instruments costing approximately three thousand eight hundred and eighty-eight dollars, furniture costing eight thousand nine hundred and forty-six dollars, and a Sony instrument valued at six thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight dollars. State Farm issued payments of twelve thousand and five hundred dollars for the camera, two thousand six hundred and sixty dollars for the artwork, three thousand seven hundred and ninety-nine dollars for a keyboard, and three thousand one hundred and fifty two dollars for the antique record player. Detectives later determined that all nine submitted receipts were fraudulent and that Carey never owned any of the above-listed items.

The investigation also revealed that Carey also lied about her employment on several occasions during the course of the insurance company’s investigation. Carey first told State Farm investigators that she was a Comcast employee and that the camera she claimed was damaged was originally given to her by Comcast. In support of this claim, Carey provided a letter which stated that she was a Comcast employee. Insurance Fraud Unit detectives contacted a representative from Comcast who stated that Carey was never an employee nor did the company ever give an employee a camera. Furthermore, in a recorded statement with State Farm investigators, Carey also claimed that she was a Philadelphia Police Officer who worked in the ninth district. Detectives contacted the Philadelphia Police Personnel Department who confirmed that Carey was never a member of the police department.

Carey was arrested on June 26, 2016 for submitting nine fraudulent receipts in an attempt to bilk State Farm and was charged with Insurance Fraud, four counts of Theft by Deception, five counts of Attempted Theft by Deception, nine counts of Forgery and one count of Impersonating a Public Servant. She is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on July 11, 2016.

 

WOMAN REGISTERS VEHICLE WITH FRAUDULENT OMNI INSURANCE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IDENTIFICATION CARD

July 7, 2016

Charges:
Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 – F3
Forgery 18 Pa C.S. § 3922 – F3

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Tanya Fields after receiving an insurance fraud referral from a citizen. During the course of investigating a 1994 Mercury, detectives learned from the car’s Penndot title history that Fields had originally purchased the vehicle in December 2013 and had registered the vehicle with an Omni Insurance financial responsibility identification card. Detectives called a representative from Omni Insurance and learned that Fields’ policy number was not valid. Fields was arrested for Insurance Fraud and Forgery on June 28, 2016. She is next scheduled to appear for a status listing on July 5, 2016 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

WOMAN FRAUDULENTLY REPORTS VEHICLE STOLEN TO USAA INSURANCE COMPANY

June 23, 2016

 

Charges:

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

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

False Reports 18 Pa C.S. § 4906 – M2

Unsworn Falsifying 18 Pa C.S. § 4906 – M2

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Cierra Hall after receiving a referral from the Philadelphia Police Department Major Crimes Unit. On August 23, 2015, Hall reported to the Philadelphia Police Department that two men approached her and stole her 2015 Nissan Altima. Hall then filed an insurance claim with USAA Insurance Company and told the company her vehicle had been stolen. In connection with Hall’s claim, USAA paid a claim check of nineteen thousand nine hundred and eighty-five dollars. The investigation revealed that at the time of the alleged theft, Hall was unemployed and could no longer afford to pay her car loan. Hall therefore agreed to stage a theft with her friend in an attempt to have the insurance company pay off her car loan without damaging her credit. Hall was arrested on June 16, 2016 for Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud, Unsworn Falsifying and False Reports. She is next listed for a status hearing on June 24, 2016 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

 


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