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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.

 

WOMAN REFUSES TO PAY AUTO SHOP FOR REPAIRS TO HER VEHICLE AND THEN LATER REPORTS THE CAR STOLEN TO STATE FARM

June 13, 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 Zakia Jackson after receiving a referral from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. On March 22, 2016, Jackson reported her 2007 Volkswagen Jetta stolen to both the Philadelphia Police Department and State Farm Insurance Company. Detectives obtained the Philadelphia Police Department Theft Report which stated that Jackson’s 2007 Volkswagen Jetta had been stolen from out front of her home on the 2900 block of W. Thompson Street in Philadelphia. Detectives then reviewed the State Farm claim file which showed that Jackson had reported her car stolen on March 22, 2016 and received a check for two thousand six hundred and thirty-six dollars.

The investigation revealed that Jackson’s vehicle was not in her possession on March 22, 2016 but at One Stop Auto Body. Jackson’s State Farm claim history indicated that on November 25, 2015, Jackson had been involved in an accident, and her car was later towed to One Stop Auto Body. Detectives interviewed the owner of this repair shop who stated that the shop had been in possession of Jackson’s vehicle since November 25, 2015. The owner provided detectives with tow slips that corroborated this statement. The owner of One Stop Auto Body also reported that Jackson had at one point called and asked them to no longer repair her vehicle. The owner recounted that he told Jackson the repairs had already been started, and therefore he would need payment. Several altercations later occurred between Jackson and the owner of One Stop Auto Body in January of 2016. Detectives obtained Philadelphia Police Department Incident Reports which described disturbances at One Stop Auto Body which occurred when Jackson wanted to retrieve objects from her vehicle but the owner would not allow her to do so until she paid for her repairs. Jackson then later reported the vehicle stolen to State Farm Insurance Company in March 2016.

The investigation suggested that Jackson received a State Farm claim check after her accident in November 2015 and allegedly spent the proceeds. Jackson then asked the owner of One Stop Auto Body to stop the repairs once she no longer had the money to pay him. When the owner demanded payment, and barred Jackson from retrieving possessions from her car, she reported the vehicle stolen to State Farm in March 2016. Jackson was arrested on June 9, 2016 for Insurance Fraud, Theft by Deception and False Reports. She is next listed to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on June 14, 2016 for a status listing.

MAN FILES CLAIM WITH PROGRESSIVE FOR DAMAGES THAT OCCURRED PRIOR TO POLICY INCEPTION

June 10, 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 Craig Vaughn after receiving a referral from Progressive Insurance Company. On November 7, 2013, Vaughn filed a claim with Progressive Insurance Company for damages to his 2003 Mercedes Benz which was allegedly struck by an unknown driver while it was parked on North 3rd Street in Philadelphia. Vaughn also filed a police report with the Philadelphia Police Department for the hit and run damages to his vehicle.

Progressive claims adjusters noticed discrepancies when photographing the damaged Benz. The adjusters noted that the damages appeared to have occurred by a forward motion hit rather than a stationary hit. Progressive investigators then contacted Central Penn Towing, the company which allegedly towed Vaughn’s Benz after the accident. A representative from Central Penn stated that the company did tow Vaughn’s Benz; however, the Benz was towed from Rockland Collision about a week before Vaughn reported the accident to Progressive. The representative also stated that Vaughn had contacted his company and asked them to alter the date on his receipt.

The investigation revealed that Seoul Towing originally towed the damaged Benz on October 18, 2013 from the intersection of 5th and Duncannon in Philadelphia to Rockland Collision Center. Detectives learned that the Mercedes Benz had been registered by Vaughn on February 6, 2013 with an American Independent insurance policy, which was later cancelled due to non-payment. Vaughn was arrested on May 31, 2016 for reporting a claim to Progressive Insurance Company which occurred prior to his policy inception. He was charged with Insurance Fraud, Attempted Theft by Deception and False Reports and is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on June 6, 2016.

 

WOMAN STAGES FRAUDULENT SLIP AND FALL IN SOUTH PHILADELPHIA WAL-MART

June 10, 2016

 

 

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

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

Unsworn Falsifying 18 Pa C.S. § 4904 – M3

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Rhonda Harris after receiving a referral from Claims Management, Inc., which insures Wal-Mart. On September 11, 2012, Rhonda Harris alleged that she injured her left foot when she slipped and fell inside of the Wal-Mart located at 1675 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia. Harris retained an attorney to represent her in a personal injury lawsuit against the store. To further her claim, Harris also treated with a doctor for her alleged injuries and she incurred medical bills of sixty-six hundred dollars.

Video surveillance footage from the Walmart indicates that Harris orchestrated her own fall. The footage shows Harris entering the store and then talking with another woman in the hair aisle. After standing in the aisle for a period of time, Harris picks up a bottle from the shelf and loosens the cap. The footage later shows Harris spilling the liquid from the bottle on the floor. Harris later falls in the exact area where she spilled the liquid. Harris was arrested on May 2, 2016 for staging a slip and fall accident inside of the Walmart in an effort to file a fraudulent personal injury lawsuit. Harris was charged with Attempted Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud and Unsworn Falsifying. She is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on June 10, 2016 for a status listing.

TWO CONSPIRE TO REGISTER VEHICLES WITH FRAUDULENT 21ST CENTURY FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IDENTIFICATION CARDS

June 10, 2016

 

 

 

Charges:              Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 – F3 (2 Counts – Reed)

Tampering with Records 18 Pa C.S. § 4911 – F3 (2 counts – Reed)

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

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Anthony Reed and Dawn Bartlett after receiving a referral from Erie Insurance Company. On June 15, 2015, Dawn Bartlett struck an Erie insured driver. Bartlett presented a 21st Century financial responsibility identification card to the Philadelphia Police Officer who arrived on the scene of the accident. Detectives retrieved the Philadelphia Police Department Non-Reportable Accident form which listed the 21st Century policy number allegedly belonging to Bartlett. The investigation revealed that Bartlett’s financial responsibility identification card was fraudulent.

Detectives conducted a Pennsylvania Bureau of Motor Vehicles inquiry which showed that Bartlett owned a 1999 Chevrolet Malibu at the time of the accident. Registration documents for this vehicle show that it was registered at Nickens Agency and Auto Tags which is located on Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia. When speaking to detectives, Bartlett denied ever visiting this tag agency.

The investigation revealed that Bartlett’s cousin gave her the 21st Century Insurance financial responsibility identification card which she presented to the Philadelphia Police on the date of the accident with the Erie insured. Bartlett’s cousin also introduced her to a man named Anthony Reed. Bartlett gave Reed the financial responsibility identification card she received from her cousin in addition to her personal documents. Reed, a public notary, then registered Bartlett’s vehicle with the fraudulent financial responsibility identification card.

Reed also notarized a transfer of title between Bartlett and her cousin on November 14, 2015. This transfer also involved a 21st Century Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card in the name of Bartlett’s cousin. This policy was also determined to be fraudulent. As part of the investigation, detectives contacted a representative from 21st Century Insurance Company who stated that neither Dawn Bartlett nor her cousin were ever issued insurance policies with their company. Furthermore, the representative also stated that legitimate 21st Century Insurance Company have seven or eight digits whereas the fraudulent policies belonging to Barlett and her cousin had ten digits.

Bartlett and Reed were arrested on May 23-24, 2016 for using fraudulent 21st Century financial responsibility identification cards to register and transfer vehicles. Both were charged with Insurance Fraud, Tampering with Records and Criminal Conspiracy and are next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on June 3, 2016.

 

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.

 


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