Archive for the ‘Insurance Fraud Arrest’ Category

COUPLE FRAUDULENTLY REPORTED UNINSURED VEHICLE STOLEN AFTER STRIKING A GEICO INSURED VEHICLE

March 30, 2016

Charges:

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.

 

COUPLE FILES FRAUDULENT PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM AGAINST THE PENNSYLVANIA FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ASSIGNED CLAIMS PLAN

March 29, 2016

Charges:

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

Attempted Theft by Deception 18 Pa C.S. § 3922 – 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 Rasheed Harris and Malikah Weaver for insurance fraud after receiving a referral from the Pennsylvania Financial Responsibility Assigned Claims Plan (PFRACP). Harris and Weaver retained a personal injury attorney to represent them in a claim against PFRACP. Harris and Weaver alleged that they were involved in an accident while passengers in a PFRACP insured 1999 Buick Century on November 17, 2014.

On November 18, 2014, Harris and Weaver sought treatment at Temple University Hospital for neck, back and shoulder injuries sustained during the alleged accident. Harris and Weaver then continued to receive medical treatment at Northwest Medical and Rehabilitation Center on fifty separate occasions between November 2014 and November 2015. Detectives reviewed medical records seized from Northwest Medical and Rehabilitation Center and learned that Harris and Weaver reported multiple ailments including back and shoulder pain.

On January 5, 2015, two months after the accident reportedly occurred, Harris and Weaver went to the 35th police district in Philadelphia to file an accident report. Harris and Weaver stated that they were passengers in a 1999 Buick when the owner of the vehicle crashed into a pole at the intersection of Belfield and Lindley Avenues. However, the investigation revealed that the 1999 Buick Century was impounded with the Philadelphia Parking Authority on the date of this alleged accident. Insurance Fraud Unit detectives interviewed the registered owner of the Buick who stated that she was never involved in an accident and that the Buick has been impounded with the Philadelphia Parking Authority since October 23, 2014. Harris and Weaver were arrested for attempting to defraud PFRACP and were charged with Criminal Conspiracy, Attempted Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud and False Reports. They are both listed for a status hearing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on March 28, 2016.

 

WOMAN SUBMITS FRAUDULENT RECEIPTS IN SUPPORT OF A HOMEOWNERS CLAIM WITH AMERICAN BANKERS INSURANCE COMPANY

March 29, 2016

Charges:

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

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

Forgery 18 Pa C.S. § 4101 – M1

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Kietta Hawkins after receiving a referral from the American Bankers Insurance Company. On March 8, 2013, Kietta Hawkins reported to her insurance company, American Bankers, that her home had been burglarized. Hawkins reported that four thousand dollars in cash and electronic equipment and jewelry in the value of approximately eleven thousand dollars had been stolen from her home. American Bankers issued Hawkins an insurance settlement of five thousand nine hundred and fifty-two dollars in response to her claim, and receipts she submitted in support of her claim.

Part of Hawkins’ insurance policy included replacement cost endorsement to compensate for depreciation of the items that were stolen. American Bankers insureds who have this endorsement can submit receipts from replacement purchases in order to receive reimbursement for the now more expensive cost of the same item they had stolen. On April 30, 2013, Hawkins sent American Bankers a receipt for new replacement televisions that she had purchased at Micro Center for two thousand nine hundred and ninety five dollars. The representative assigned to her claim called Micro Center and learned that the transaction number listed on Hawkins’ receipt corresponded with a purchase made by another customer for only one hundred and eight dollars. Micro Center also searched for any other purchases made by Kietta Hawkins and found that none existed. Hawkins was arrested for submitting a forged receipt in an attempt to defraud American Bankers Insurance Company. She was charged with Insurance Fraud, Attempted Theft by Deception and Forgery on March 22, 2016. She is next listed to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on March 28, 2016.

WOMEN FILED CLAIM WITH GEICO FOR ACCIDENT THAT HAPPENED PRIOR TO POLICY INCEPTION

March 21, 2016

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 Jennifer Bartella after receiving a referral from GEICO Insurance Company. On September 16, 2015, Jennifer Bartella’s father was driving her 2010 Honda Civic when he became involved in an accident. Bartella called GEICO shortly after midnight on September 17, 2015 to obtain an insurance policy. The following day, Bartella called GEICO and misrepresented the date of her father’s accident. Bartella reported to the GEICO representatives that the accident had occurred on September 18 rather than September 16. During the course of their investigation, GEICO representatives interviewed the driver of the other vehicle involved in this accident who provided photographs from the collision which had a time stamp of September 16, 2015. Bartella was arrested for attempting to have GEICO provide coverage for an accident which occurred during her policy lapse. She was arrested for Insurance Fraud and Attempted Theft by Deception on March 17, 2016 and is next listed for a status hearing on March 22, 2016 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

 

MAN REGISTERS 2000 TOYOTA WITH A FRAUDULENT CAPITOL INSURANCE COMPANY FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IDENTIFICATION CARD

March 21, 2016

Charges:

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

Forgery 18 Pa C.S. § 4101 – F3

Criminal Conspiracy 18 Pa C.S. § 903 – F3

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Angel Otero-Barreto after receiving a referral from Capitol Insurance Company. On November 30, 2015, Otero-Barreto struck a Capitol insured vehicle with his 2000 Toyota and then fled the scene. Capitol Insurance Company conducted an investigation and learned that the striking vehicle belonged to Otero-Barreto and was registered with a financial responsibility identification card allegedly belonging to their company. Capitol Insurance Company then referred this case to the District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit because Otero-Barreto’s listed policy number did not match any existing policies within their company.

Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit detectives retrieved the Penndot title history for Otero-Barreto’s 2000 Toyota which showed that the vehicle was registered with the same above-described fraudulent Capitol Insurance Company policy number. Detectives then did a Bureau of Motor Vehicle check on the 2000 Toyota and verified that the vehicle did belong to Otero-Barreto. When approached by detectives, Otero-Barreto admitted that he had procured fraudulent insurance so that he could register a vehicle for his son who did not have a valid driver’s license. Otero-Barreto was arrested on March 16, 2016 for Criminal Conspiracy, Forgery and Insurance Fraud. He is next listed for a status listing on May 2, 2016.

 

 

 

MAN REGISTERS THREE DIFFERENT VEHICLES WITH THREE DIFFERENT FRAUDULENT FINANCIAL RESPONSIBLITY IDENTIFICATION CARDS

March 4, 2016

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Theodore Gaines for registering vehicles with fraudulent American Independent, Sentinel and 21st Century financial responsibility identification cards. Detectives obtained the PENNDOT history of Gaines’ 2003 Pontiac and learned he had registered the vehicle with an American Independent financial responsibility identification card on April 23, 2012. Detectives contacted a representative of Omni Insurance Group, which is affiliated with American Independent, and learned that Gaines’ listed policy number was not valid.

Detectives then obtained the title history for Gaines’ 2006 Buick which indicated that Gaines had registered the vehicle with a Sentinel Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card on November 30, 2012. Detectives contacted a representative from Hartford Insurance of which Sentinel is a subsidiary. The Hartford Insurance representative stated that his company never insured Gaines or his 2006 Buick.

Finally, detectives obtained the title history for Gaines’ 2008 Chevrolet Impala which indicated that Gaines had registered the vehicle with a 21st Century Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card on September 9, 2013. Detectives contacted a representative from AIG Insurance Company, of which 21st Century is a subsidiary, and learned that the listed policy number was not valid.

Detectives arrested Theodore Gaines on February 8, 2016 for three counts of criminal conspiracy, three counts of Forgery, three counts of Insurance Fraud, three counts of Tampering with Records, three counts of Securing Execution, and three counts of Unsworn Falsifying. Gaines is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on March 1, 2016 for a status hearing.

 

MAN USES TWO FRAUDULENT GEICO INSURANCE COMPANY FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IDENTIFICATION CARDS  

March 4, 2016

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Andrae Salmon for registering his 1997 Nissan Maxima with a fraudulent GEICO financial responsibility identification card. On March 5, 2013, Salmon was in an accident with his 1997 Nissan Maxima on the 5400 block of City Line Avenue in Philadelphia. Detectives retrieved the police report for this accident which stated that Salmon had an insurance policy with GEICO. Detectives contacted a representative from GEICO who confirmed that this policy number was not valid. Detectives then retrieved the title history for Salmon’s 1997 Maxima which stated that the car had been registered with a different GEICO policy on December 6, 2012. Detectives again received confirmation from GEICO that this policy was not valid either. Detectives arrested Andrae Salmon on February 26, 2016 for two counts of Forgery, two counts of Insurance Fraud and two counts of Unsworn Falsifying. Salmon is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on March 4, 2016.

 

WOMEN ARRESTED FOR FILING A FRAUDULENT PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM AGAINST ERIE INSURANCE COMPANY

March 4, 2016

 

 

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Bernice Byrd and Verelena Jackson after receiving a referral from Erie Insurance Company. On February 10, 2013, Jackson and Byrd went to the Wash and Lube, located at 4131 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, to file a police report for an iPod which went missing during their last visit to the car wash. While Jackson and Byrd stood outside of their vehicle and in front of the Wash and Lube, an employee of the car wash mistakenly backed a vehicle into Byrd’s parked 2009 Nissan Rogue. Although Byrd and Jackson were not inside of the vehicle when this collision occurred, they hired counsel to represent them in a personal injury claim against Erie Insurance, which insures the Wash and Lube.

Detectives reviewed the referral file from Erie Insurance which included interviews with employees of the Wash and Lube. Insurance Fraud Unit detectives interviewed two employees of the car wash who both stated that Byrd and Jackson were outside of the vehicle when the Nissan Rogue was struck. Detectives also obtained a non-reportable accident report completed by a University of Pennsylvania police officer which did not list either woman as a passenger of the Rogue. During a civil deposition, the officer stated that he did not witness the accident, but arrived to the scene because of the report of a missing electronic device. The officer stated that once he arrived on the scene, the women stated that their car had been struck but neither reported that they were in the car when the accident occurred. Furthermore, the officer pointed out that Byrd described watching the striking vehicle through her rear view mirror in her own civil deposition; however, this would have been impossible because the striking vehicle hit the front of the Nissan Rogue.

Byrd and Jackson alleged that they were sitting inside of the vehicle at the time of the accident and they were jolted as a result. Byrd and Jackson both sought medical treatment and their attorney submitted these medical bills to 21st Century Insurance Company. As a result, 21st Century issued payments totaling eight thousand three hundred and ninety-two dollars for Byrd and Jackson’s supposed injuries. Jackson and Byrd were arrested for Insurance Fraud, Attempted Theft by Deception and Conspiracy on February 24 and 29, 2016. Both are listed for a status hearing in Philadelphia Municipal Court in mid-March.

 

MAN ARRESTED FOR FRAUDULENTLY REPORTING HIS MOTORCYCLE STOLEN TO THE PHILADELPHIA POLICE AND PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE COMPANY

March 4, 2016

 

 

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Justin Robinson for filing a fraudulent theft claim with Progressive Insurance Company. On October 2, 2013, Robinson called the Philadelphia police and reported that his 2006 Suzuki motorcycle had been stolen from outside of his house on Boyer Street in Philadelphia on September 30, 2013. Robinson then called Progressive Insurance Company and filed a theft claim for the alleged stolen bike. During their own investigation of the claim, Progressive investigators learned that Robinson had posted the alleged stolen motorcycle online for sale. Progressive investigators confronted Robinson about this advertisement during an examination under oath and Robinson confessed that he had sold the motorcycle and that the bike was never stolen. Progressive referred this file to the District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit detectives who later arrested Justin Robinson on February 17, 2016 for Insurance Fraud, Attempted Theft by Deception and False Reports. He is next listed for a status hearing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on March 29, 2016.

WOMAN USES FRUAUDLENT FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IDENTIFICATION CARDS TO REGISTER AND RENEW HER 2003 ACURA

March 4, 2016

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Uche Nwani after receiving a citizen referral alleging Nwani had fraudulent insurance. Detectives performed a Bureau of Motor Vehicle check on the license plate number included in the citizen referral and learned that the tag corresponded with a 2003 Acura owned by Nwani. The certified title history for the Acura shows that Nwani registered the vehicle with an American International Insurance Company policy number on November 6, 2010. The title history also shows that Nwani renewed her registration in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 with policy numbers allegedly corresponding to American International Insurance Company and American Independent Insurance Company. Detectives contacted a representative from American Independent Insurance Company who stated that the three policy numbers supposedly belonging to American Independent were not valid policies. Detectives also looked at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners index which lists assigned insurance company identification numbers. The number which Nwani used for her alleged American International Insurance Company policies actually belonged to 21st Century Insurance Company. Nwani was arrested on February 10, 2016 for five counts of Forgery, five counts of Insurance Fraud and five counts of Unsworn Falsification to Authorities. Nwani is next listed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for arraignment on March 8, 2016.


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