Archive for the ‘Insurance Fraud Arrest’ Category

WOMAN REPORTED PREEXISTING DAMAGES TO REPWEST INSURANCE COMPANY IN ORDER TO RECEIVE SETTLEMENT

April 14, 2015

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Sherida Archie after receiving a referral from Repwest Insurance Company. On August 1, 2014, a Repwest insured U-Haul truck struck a parked 2002 Mercedes Benz. Detectives retrieved the Philadelphia Police Department Accident Report which stated that the U-Haul had been traveling southbound when it struck the driver’s side of the Mercedes Benz and imploded the front tire and left multiple scratches on the driver’s side. However, the Repwest insurance file indicated that the driver of the U-Haul truck told Repwest that he did not cause any damage to the driver side of the Mercedes Benz during the accident beyond striking the tire. Rather, the driver stated that the scratches to the Benz were preexisting. Repwest investigators later learned that the Hartford Insurance Company had paid Sherida Archie three thousand dollars for identical damages to the Mercedes Benz in July of 2013 for a previous accident. Archie then reported the same damages to the Philadelphia Police and Repwest Insurance Company in August of 2014 in an attempt to receive a double payment for these same damages. Archie was arrested on April 6, 2015 for Insurance Fraud, Attempted Theft by Deception and False Reports. She is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on April 13, 2015 for a status listing.

MAN FILES FRAUDULENT PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM WITH SEPTA AND LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY

April 14, 2015

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Frank Hinton after receiving a referral from SEPTA.   On January 7, 2013, Hinton was a passenger on the SEPTA Route 2 bus when the vehicle had a minor collision with a parked 2000 Mercedes Benz. Hinton then retained counsel to file a personal injury claim against SEPTA and Liberty Mutual on his behalf. Hinton claimed that the accident had caused him to suffer injuries to his right hip, right knee, headaches, neck, shoulders wrist and back and that he therefore incurred medical bills in excess of nine thousand dollars. The investigation revealed that the slight collision could not have harmed Hinton. Detectives interviewed the operator of the Route 2 bus who stated that as he was driving the bus, the operator of a Liberty Mutual insured Mercedes Benz opened the driver’s side door of his parked vehicle and made contact with the bus. The bus had dents on the rear top and bottom right side panels; however, no injuries were reported by any of the five passengers on the bus. Detectives retrieved a SEPTA incident card which Hinton filled out in connection to this accident which read that the bus had swerved and he was subsequently thrown to the floor. Digital surveillance footage from the SEPTA Route 2 bus showed that Hinton was never thrown to the ground nor did he appear to be disturbed. Hinton was arrested on April 6, 2015 for Insurance Fraud and Attempted Theft by Deception. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on April 13, 2015.

WOMAN FILES FRAUDULENT PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM AGAINST SAVE A LOT SUPERMARKET

April 14, 2015

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Marialana Cini after receiving a referral from Sedgwick Claims Management, which is the third party administrator for Save A Lot supermarkets. On October 25, 2012, Cini was shopping at the Save A Lot supermarket on the twenty-one hundred block of Lehigh Avenue in Philadelphia. Cini alleged that she slipped on a puddle of water near a meat case in the back of the store and consequently fell and injured her back and leg. Cini retained counsel to represent her in a personal injury lawsuit against the Save A Lot. Detectives reviewed the Save A Lot Customer Statement that Cini had filled out and the form indicated that while she was shopping in the store, Cini slipped and hurt herself on water leaking from a freezer case. Medical records state that Cini alleged that she twisted her back, neck and knee as a result of this fall. Detectives then retrieved the surveillance footage from the Save A Lot which shows that Cini was not injured while shopping in the store. The video shows Cini walking past a refrigerated meat case while headed towards the refrigeration box where the milk is kept. Cini paused in front of the meat case and looked at the floor. After picking up milk, Cini then went to the front of the store and spoke to an assistant manager. She then returned to the spill and took photographs with her cell phone before the manager met her at the area of the alleged incident. Cini then filled out a claims form and exited the store. At no point did surveillance footage show Cini slipping or falling. Detectives arrested Cini for Insurance Fraud and Attempted Theft by Deception on April 10, 2015. She is next scheduled to appear for a status listing on April 17, 2015 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

WOMAN REGISTERS VOLVO WITH FRAUDULENT STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANY FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IDENTIFICATION CARD

March 27, 2015

Philadelphia –Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Tatalea Chestnut after receiving a referral from State Farm Insurance Company. Detectives were contacted from a representative from State Farm Insurance Company who produced a fraudulent financial responsibility identification card allegedly insuring Tatalea Chestnut and her 2000 Volvo. The State Farm representative stated that the listed policy number on the card was not valid. Detectives retrieved the title history of the 2000 Volvo and learned that Chestnut had registered the vehicle on December 18, 2014 with the above referenced bogus State Farm financial responsibility identification card. Chestnut was arrested for Forgery and Insurance Fraud on March 25, 2015. She is next listed in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on March 30, 2015.

WOMAN FILES FRAUDULENT PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM AGAINST SEPTA

March 16, 2015

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Deborah Vega after receiving a referral from SEPTA.   On November 13, 2012, Vega was a passenger on the SEPTA Route 5 bus when the vehicle had a minor collision with a parked 2002 Honda Odyssey. Vega then retained counsel to file a personal injury claim on her behalf. Vega claimed that the accident had caused her to suffer injuries to her back and legs and that she therefore incurred medical bills in excess of twelve thousand dollars. Vega had previously filed personal injury claims against SEPTA on two other separate occasions and had received settlements of eight thousand five hundred and five thousand dollars.

The investigation revealed that the slight collision could not have harmed Vega. Detectives interviewed the operator of the Route 5 bus who stated that as he was slowly driving the bus he made light contact with the exterior side mirror of a parked Honda Odyssey.  The operator stated that he reported the incident to his supervisor and then continued with his route. Digital surveillance footage from the SEPTA Route 5 bus showed that after the bus made contact with the Honda, the operator brought the bus to a controlled stop. None of the nine passengers, including Vega, appeared to be disturbed. Further footage from the vehicle shows Vega moving about the bus with no evidence of any distress. Vega was arrested on March 12, 2015 for Insurance Fraud and Theft by Deception. She is next scheduled for a status listing on March 17, 2015 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

MEN FILE FICTITIOUS FRAUDULENT INJURY CLAIMS WITH REPWEST INSURANCE COMPANY

February 6, 2015

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.

MAN APPLIES FOR FRAUDULENT COLONIAL LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES IN ORDER TO RECEIVE COMMISSION

February 6, 2015

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.

WOMAN REPORTS ACCIDENT TO SAFE AUTO WHICH HAPPENED PRIOR TO POLICY INCEPTION

February 6, 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.

20 Year Old Philly Man Charged with Insurance Fraud

November 17, 2014

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.

Man Arrested for Conspiring With Wife

November 17, 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.


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