Archive for the ‘Insurance Fraud Arrest’ Category

MAN FILES FRAUDULENT PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM AGAINST SEPTA AND ERIE INSURANCE COMPANY

September 9, 2016

Charges:

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 investigated James Whitfield after receiving a referral from Erie Insurance Company. On August 2, 2015, an Erie insured van struck the exterior mirror of a parked SEPTA bus in the vicinity of 23rd Street and Ridge Avenue in Philadelphia. Whitfield was a passenger on the SEPTA Route 61 bus and he alleged that he injured his right arm, right elbow and neck as a result of this accident. Whitfield retained an attorney to file a personal injury claim against SEPTA and Erie Insurance Company on his behalf and he also sought medical treatment for his alleged injuries.

Insurance Fraud Unit detectives retrieved the Erie claim file which included a statement from the driver of the van. The driver stated that he was attempting to pass the SEPTA bus when the passenger side mirror of his van struck the driver’s side mirror of the bus. The Erie insured driver stated that he stop and spoke with the bus driver and a SEPTA supervisor, but soon left because there was no damage to either vehicle. Insurance Fraud Unit detectives also spoke to the operator of the bus who stated that her bus was not damaged during this incident nor were any of her passengers injured. The operator also stated that the only damages that the van sustained were minor scratches and a dent on the right side mirror. Detectives then retrieved the surveillance footage from the Route 61 van which showed that other than looking towards the van, Whitfield had no other reaction to the accident. He did not hit his arm as he claimed, nor was he jolted in any way.

Whitman was arrested on August 23, 2016 for submitting a fraudulent injury claim to SEPTA. He was charged with Theft by Deception and Insurance Fraud and is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on October 4, 2016 for a status listing.

MAN FRAUDULENTLY CASHES STATE WORKER’S INSURANCE FUND WORKER’S COMPENSATION CHECKS

September 9, 2016

Charges:

Forgery 18 Pa C.S. § 4101 – F3

Conspiracy 18 Pa C.S. § 903 – F3

Theft by Unlawful Taking 18 Pa C.S. § 3921 – F3

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

Access Device Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4106 – F3

Securing Execution of Documents 18 Pa C.S. § 4114 – M2

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) investigated James Davis after receiving a referral from Special Investigators in the Pennsylvania Department of Treasury. The investigation revealed that the State Worker’s Insurance Fund (SWIF) had been paying workers’ compensation benefits to Elwell Davis prior to his death in 1980. Following Elwell Davis’ death, his surviving spouse, Elizabeth Davis, successfully petitioned to receive his SWIF benefit checks. In October of 2011, SWIF reviewed this claim and discovered that Elizabeth Davis had died in July of 2010. Subsequent to July 2010, sixteen SWIF benefit checks payable to Elizabeth Davis had been deposited into a number of different bank accounts.

After verifying Elizabeth Davis’ death by obtaining a death certificate, IFU detectives reviewed the checks and retrieved bank records. The records indicated that eleven of the sixteen checks had been endorsed “Elizabeth Davis to James Davis” and then signed “James Davis.” Bank records show that these checks were deposited into James Davis’ SB1 Federal Credit Union account using a Citizens Bank ATM machine.  Based on bank records and interviews, IFU detectives determined that Davis had allegedly deposited SWIF benefit checks belonging to the decedent, Elizabeth Davis. Davis was arrested for Forgery, Theft by Unlawful Taking, Theft by Deception, Access Device Fraud, Securing Execution and Criminal Conspiracy on August 18, 2016. Davis is next scheduled to appear for a status listing on September 27, 2016 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR REPORTING AN ACCIDENT TO SAFE AUTO INSURANCE COMPANY THAT OCCURRED DURING A POLICY LAPSE

September 9, 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 Luvenia Cottrell after receiving a referral from Safe Auto Insurance Company. On June 17, 2014, Cottrell was involved in a hit and run accident while her vehicle was parked along the 4800 block of Whitaker Avenue in Philadelphia. When Cottrell reported her accident to Safe Auto Insurance Company, she was told that her policy had been cancelled on June 10, 2014 for non-payment. On July 2, 2014, Cottrell reinstated her Safe Auto Insurance policy and then filed a claim on July 9, 2014 for damages identical to the ones caused by her earlier accident. The investigation revealed that Cottrell reported an accident that had occurred prior to the reinstatement of her Safe Auto Insurance Company policy. Cottrell was arrested for Insurance Fraud and Attempted Theft by Deception on August 22, 2016. She is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on October 3, 2016.

MAN ARRESTED FOR REGISTERING VEHICLE WITH FRAUDULENT NATIONWIDE INSURANCE COMPANY FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IDENTIFICATION CARD

September 9, 2016

 

Charges:

Forgery 18 Pa C.S. § 4101 – F3

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

Tampering with Public Records or Information 18 Pa C.S. § 4911 – F3

False Swearing 18 Pa C.S. § 4903 – M2

Unsworn Falsification to Authorities 18 Pa C.S. § 4904 – M2

Tampering With Records or Identification 18 Pa C.S. § 4104 – M1

Securing Execution of Documents by Deception 18 Pa C.S. § 4114 – M2

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested John Jordan after receiving a referral from Nationwide Insurance Company. On July 5, 2014, Jordan was involved in an accident at the intersection of Adams Avenue and Tabor Road in Philadelphia and presented a Nationwide Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card to the driver of the other vehicle. This driver then called Nationwide in an attempt to file a claim and learned that Jordan’s policy number was fraudulent. Insurance Fraud Unit detectives retrieved Jordan’s Penndot title history and learned that Jordan used the same Nationwide Insurance financial responsibility identification card to register his 1999 Honda. Jordan was arrested for registering his vehicle with a fraudulent Nationwide Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card and then later presenting the card at the scene of an accident. Jordan was arrested for Forgery, Insurance Fraud, Tampering with Public Records or Information (F3), Tampering with Records or Information (M1), False Swearing, Unsworn Falsification to Authorities, and Securing Execution of Documents by Deception on August 29, 2016. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on September 6, 2016.

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.