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PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF PHILADELPHIA POLICE OFFICER POOLE

August 31, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (August 31, 2015) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today issued the following statement on the hit-and-run death of Philadelphia Police Officer Lamar Poole:

On behalf of the 600 men and women of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, we extend our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Officer Lamar Poole and to the entire Philadelphia Police Department. Officer Poole’s death is the second death of a Philadelphia Police Officer by vehicle in as many weeks, which is nothing short of tragic and a powerful reminder that we all have a responsibility to be safe and respectful on our roads and highways.

 

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PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S STATEMENT REACTING TO PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT’S RELEASE OF EMAILS

August 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (August 26, 2015) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today issued the following statement about today’s email release for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court:

Today the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office received the court filings, exhibits (including e-mails and attachments) released by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court related to litigation in the Thirty-Fifth Statewide Investigating Grand Jury. The Office has clear human relations policies, so the District Attorney believes that a thorough review is necessary of the email chains and any actions current office employees took in their distribution. We will conclude this review as soon as possible.

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PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S STATEMENT ON PENNSYLVANIA ATTORNEY GENERAL KANE’S INDICTMENT

August 6, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (August 6, 2015) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today issued the following statement about the indictment of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane:

As DA Ferman said, this is a bad day for law enforcement; but it’s also a bright one. The affidavit asserts that members of the attorney general’s office have used surreptitious and illegal means to target other prosecutors whose official acts were perceived to harm the AG’s interests. Even the attorney general, however, is not beyond the efforts of local prosecutors, judges and grand jurors to uncover evidence of abuse of office. I’m gratified that the legal process is now proceeding on a proper course.

MAN REGISTERS VEHICLE WITH FRAUDULENT ACCESS GENERAL FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IDENTIFICATION CARD

July 28, 2015

Philadelphia – During the course of an ongoing investigation, detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Theodore Gaines for registering a vehicle with a fraudulent financial responsibility identification card. Detectives retrieved the Penndot title history for Gaines’s 2004 Chevrolet Impala and learned that he registered the vehicle on December 12, 2011 with an Access General Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card. Detectives contacted a representative from Access General and learned that the listed policy number was not valid. Gaines was arrested on July 21, 2015 for Insurance Fraud, Criminal Conspiracy, Forgery, Tampering with Records, Securing Execution and Unsworn Falsifying. Gaines is next listed for a status hearing on August 4, 2015 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

WOMAN REGISTERS VEHICLES WITH FRAUDULENT SENTINEL AND ACCESS GENERAL FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IDENTIFICATION CARDS

July 28, 2015

Philadelphia – During the course of an ongoing investigation, detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Unique Blocker for registering two vehicles with two different fraudulent financial responsibility identification cards. Detectives retrieved the Penndot title history for Blocker’s 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix and learned that she registered the vehicle on December 18, 2012 with a Sentinel Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card. Detectives contacted a representative from The Hartford insurance company, who oversees Sentinel Insurance, and learned that the listed policy number was not valid. Blocker’s Penndot title history also revealed that she had registered a 2001 Pontiac Montana with an Access General insurance financial responsibility identification card on October 11, 2012. Detectives contacted an investigator from Access General Insurance Company who confirmed that the listed policy number was also not valid. Blocker was arrested on July 23, 2015 for two counts of Insurance Fraud, two counts of Criminal Conspiracy, two counts of Forgery, two counts of Tampering with Records, two counts of Securing Execution and two counts of Unsworn Falsifying. Blocker is next listed for a status hearing on August 4, 2015 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

WOMAN REPORTS ACCIDENT WHICH OCCURRED THREE DAYS PRIOR TO HER THE GENERAL INSURANCE COMPANY POLICY INCEPTION

July 28, 2015

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Chivon Ford after receiving a referral from The General Insurance Company. On August 1, 2014, Ford was driving her 2010 Nissan Maxima when she struck the back of a parked SEPTA Route 23 bus. Although the bus did not sustain any damages, Ford’s Nissan incurred heavy front end damage and her airbags deployed as a result of this collision. On August 4, 2014, Ford called The General Insurance Company to reinstate her lapsed policy. A few hours later on that same day, Ford called and reported that she had just struck a SEPTA bus and had damaged her vehicle. Detectives retrieved SEPTA surveillance footage and incident reports which contradicted Ford’s account. SEPTA documentation showed that the accident had in fact taken place on August 1, 2014. The investigation revealed that Ford’s insurance policy had been cancelled for non-payment on July 28, 2014 and that when Ford hit the SEPTA bus she was driving uninsured. Ford obtained her The General insurance policy three days after the accident had actually occurred. Ford was arrested for Insurance Fraud and Theft by Deception on July 17, 2015. She is next scheduled for a status listing on July 24, 2015 in the Philadelphia Municipal Court.

BODY SHOP OWNER RE-ARRESTED FOR CASHING INSURANCE CLAIM CHECKS BUT FAILING TO PROPERLY REPAIR DAMAGES

July 28, 2015

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Darryl Sewell after receiving a complaint from one of his customers. Sewell owns PSK Auto Body and was previously arrested in November of 2013 by DAO Insurance Fraud detectives for cashing insurance claim checks but failing to properly repair vehicles. In this incident, the complainant brought her 2012 Toyota Camry to PSK Auto Body after receiving a recommendation from a friend. The car was involved in an accident and had damage to the driver’s side rear bumper, trunk lid and tail light. Sewell told the woman that her 2012 Toyota Camry would be repaired within several weeks; however, Sewell failed to return the Camry for approximately six months. When the complainant finally did receive her vehicle, she discovered that there was damage inside of her truck, her GPS was missing, there was dog hair in the back of her car and several lights were out. When the woman took her vehicle to a car dealership for an inspection, she also learned that the factory airbags were taken out of her car and replaced with after-market airbags. The complainant stated that the airbags had not deployed in that accident nor had they deployed before that incident. Therefore, there would have been no need to replace the airbags.

Detectives retrieved the Allstate claim file which contained photographs of the damaged vehicle taken by the Allstate appraiser. When the complainant was showed these photographs, she denied that any of these damages were present when she dropped her vehicle off at PSK Auto Body. Sewell received a total of five thousand dollars to make repairs to the Toyota Camry. He failed to do the proper work and instead enhanced the damages and replaced original parts with shoddy after-market substitutes. Sewell was arrested on July 10, 2015 for Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud, Theft by Unlawful Taking and Theft – Receiving Stolen Property. He is next scheduled for a status listing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on July 20, 2015.

MAN REGISTERS VEHICLE WITH FRAUDULENT AMERICAN INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IDENTIFICATION CARD

July 28, 2015

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Lehem Woldezghi after receiving information that his vehicle was registered with a fraudulent American Independent financial responsibility identification card. Detectives obtained the title history for Woldezghi’s 1999 Jeep and learned that Woldezghi had registered the car with an American Independent Insurance financial responsibility identification card. Detectives then contacted representatives from American Independent who stated that the listed policy number did not belong to Woldezghi nor was it even a valid policy number. Woldezghi was arrested for Forgery, Insurance Fraud and Unsworn Falsification to Authorities on July 6, 2015. He is next scheduled in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on July 13, 2015.

MEN FILE FRAUDULENT INSURANCE CLAIMS WITH SENTRY AND ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANIES

July 28, 2015

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Anthony Daye and Rasheen Brown after receiving a referral from Sentry Insurance Company. On May 8, 2014, Rasheen Brown was leaving a Gary Barbera car dealership, insured by Sentry, when he had a slight accident with another customer. An Allstate insured woman was test driving a Chrysler Town and Country, which was owned by the dealership, when she reversed into Brown’s Dodge Charger. Brown and a female were occupying the Charger at the time of the collision; however, Sentry later received notice that Brown claimed that there were two male passengers present at the time of the collision. Detectives retrieved the Allstate claim file which included a recorded statement given by Brown in which he stated that he had two males with him in the car, one of whom was Anthony Daye. The file also contained a statement from Anthony Daye in which he also stated that he was present in the Dodge Charger when it was struck by the Town and Country.

Detectives interviewed the woman who was driving the Town and Country and she stated that she did slightly tap Brown’s Charger, but that he and a female were the only passengers present in the car at the time of the accident. The woman also stated that Brown appeared to be unscathed from the accident and denied that he ever lost consciousness as Brown reported to Allstate and Sentry insurance companies. Furthermore, employees of the Gary Barbera dealership also corroborated that Brown only had a woman accompanying him on the day of the accident.

During the course of this investigation, detectives learned that Brown also filed a second allegedly false personal injury claim with Farmers Insurance Company when his unoccupied Charger was lightly struck by another vehicle in October 2013. The driver of the striking vehicle stated that she did not know that her car was still in reverse when she hit the gas pedal, and so she consequently struck Brown’s Dodge Charger. Brown later filed a personal injury claim in which he stated that he and another passenger were injured as a result of this collision.

Based on witness testimony and insurance claim file documents, Rasheen Brown was arrested for two counts of Theft by Deception, two counts of Insurance Fraud, two counts of Conspiracy and one count of False Reports on July 2, 2015. Anthony Daye was also arrested for Attempted Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud, Conspiracy and False Reports on July 2, 2015. Both defendants are next scheduled for a status listing on July 10, 2015 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY TO HOLD COMMUNITY ACTION CENTER OPEN HOUSE AND WALK IN NORTHERN LIBERTIES

July 28, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (July 28, 2015) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams will hold his third summer community walk on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. The District Attorney will be joined by members of his community outreach team, area elected officials, police, community stakeholders and service providers.

The walk is not just an opportunity for the District Attorney to hear from Philadelphians but it is a chance for residents to ask him questions and to learn more about the office and expand their access to legal and social services.

WHO:      Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams

Community partners and stakeholders    

WHERE:  Philadelphia District Attorney’s Community Action Center

Piazza at Schmidt’s, 1050 North Hancock St., Building #59

Philadelphia, PA

WHEN:     Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Open houses and community walks are an annual event for the District Attorney and, as in years past, the office will be holding community walks and open houses through the summer and into the fall.


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