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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.

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MAN FRAUDULENTLY REPORTS VEHICLE STOLEN TO BOTH INFINITY INSURANCE COMPANY AND THE PHILADELPHIA POLICE

September 14, 2015

 

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Alfredo Rivera after receiving a referral from Infinity Insurance Company. On May 4, 2014, Rivera struck a Toyota Camry with his BMW and then reported the vehicle stolen in an attempt to conceal that he had crashed his vehicle. Shortly after the accident, Rivera called the Philadelphia Police and stated that his vehicle had been stolen; however, the officer soon realized that Rivera had actually been in an accident with the car just a few blocks away. Even though the officer had already contradicted Rivera’s account, Rivera still gave a statement to Infinity Insurance Company the next day in which he indicated that his vehicle had been stolen. Rivera was arrested for Insurance Fraud and False Reports on September 9, 2015. He is next scheduled for a status listing on September 15, 2015 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

Charges:

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

False Reports 18 Pa C.S. § 4906 – M3

 

MAN REGISTERS VOLVO WITH FRAUDULENT CAPITOL ONE INSURANCE COMPANY FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IDENTIFICATION CARD

February 11, 2015

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Christopher Turino after receiving a referral from Erie Insurance Company. On April 3, 2014, Turino was involved in an accident with two other vehicles, one of which was an Erie insured. Turino fled the scene of the accident; however, the police noted the license plate number of his 2004 Volvo and later discovered that the car had been registered with a fraudulent Capitol One Insurance company financial responsibility identification card. Detectives from the Insurance Fraud Unit retrieved the title history of the 2004 Volvo and learned that Turino had registered the car with a Capitol Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card on January 24, 2014. Detectives contacted representatives from the company who confirmed that the card was fraudulent. Turino was arrested for Forgery and Insurance Fraud on February 7, 2015. He is next listed in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on February 13, 2015.

Mother and Boyfriend Plead Guilty to Horrible Death of 5 Year Old Boy

June 3, 2014

June 2, 2014: Today, 26 year old Christian Patrick and 25 year old Lashay Patterson each pleaded guilty to Third Degree Murder, Conspiracy, EWOC, and PIC for the death of Patterson’s 5-year-old son Dashawn Harris. Both defendants were immediately sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison by the Honorable Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi.

On December 1, 2012 at approximately 1:18am, Philadelphia Fire Fighters responded to 645 N. 13th Street and found 5 year-old Dashawn Harris unconscious, cold, and without any signs of life. The child was transported to Hahnemann Hospital where he was officially pronounced deceased a half-hour later. The child had been in the custody of his mother, defendant Lashay Patterson, and her boyfriend defendant Christian Patrick before his death. The medical examiner determined the cause of death was multiple blunt impact trauma to the child’s entire body, and there were additional signs of the little boy having been burned. The child also showed signs of healing traumatic injuries. The defendants each gave a statement at the time of arrest- Patterson said that she preferred her boyfriend to “discipline” the child because he could hit harder, and Patrick admitted to beating the child for hours with punches and a belt. They had been beating the 5 year-old for the three months prior to his death.

ADA Bridget Kirn successfully prosecuted this case.

Northwest Mother Charged with Leaving Baby in Hot Car

August 28, 2013

August 28, 2013:  The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has charged 24-year-old Jasmin Ingram with Endangering the Welfare of a Child (EWOC) and Recklessly Endangering Another Person (REAP) after she left her baby daughter alone inside a hot car on August 26, 2013. 

Ingram was arraigned last night, released on her own recognizance and her next court date is scheduled for October 1, 2013 at 1801 Vine Street.

 

 

Edgar Bonilla bail set at 5 Million Dollars

June 18, 2013

June 18, 2013: The District Attorney’s Office has charged 41-year-old Edgar Bonilla with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, Possession of an Instrument of a Crime (PIC), Simple Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person (REAP), Robbery, Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Trespass. Bonilla is charged with cutting off the testicles of a paraplegic resident of an assisted living facility on Monday evening. Bonilla was arraigned this afternoon, bail was set at 5 (m) million dollars and his next court listing is scheduled for July 2, 2013 in courtroom 703.

Grand Jury Indicts Richard DeCoatsworth

June 18, 2013

June 17, 2013: The Indicting Grand Jury has charged Richard DeCoatsworth with Rape, Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Trafficking of Persons, Sexual Assault, Indecent Assault, Promoting Prostitution, Witness Intimidation, Possession with Intent to Distribute (PWID), Terroristic Threats, Possession of an Instrument of a Crime (PIC), Impersonating a Public Servant, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

DeCoatsworth is still being held on 60 (m) million dollars bail, his bail reduction hearing originally scheduled for Monday was continued until June 24, 2013 in courtroom 608. ADA Joseph McGlynn of the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit is specially assigned to this case.

New Charges in Tacony Kidnapping Cases

October 28, 2011

 Philadelphia, October 28, 2011: The District Attorney’s Office has charged Linda Ann Weston, Eddie Wright and Jean McIntosh with Aggravated Assault, Kidnapping, Conspiracy, Unlawful Restraint, False Imprisonment, Simple Assault, and REAP.  These charges are in connection with the abuse of a 19 year old relative who was locked in a bathroom closet for at least two weeks in Philadelphia.  The victim was only let out of the closet twice a day to eat and occasionally use the bathroom.  When police discovered the victim she had several injuries including hand fractures, a healing tibia fracture, ecchymosis (bruising) to her left eye, and several hypertrophic scars across her body.  All three defendants were arraigned last night, bail for Linda Ann Weston and Eddie Wright was set for 2 million dollars, and Jean McIntosh’s bail was set for 1 million dollars.  The next court date on these charges is November 15, 2011.

Guilty Plea

June 7, 2011

June 7, 2011, Commonwealth v. Vincent Mickle: 34 year old Vincent Mickle pleaded guilty to Sexual Assault charges today. Mickle, a volunteer girl’s soccer coach, was charged with contacting girls online, trading sexually explicit pictures with them and then entering into a sexual relationship with some of the victims. Mickle pleaded guilty to charges of Solicitation to Commit Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Solicitation to Commit Statutory Sexual Assault, Unlawful Contact with a Minor, Sexual Abuse of Children, and Corruption of Minors. Mickle is scheduled to be sentenced on September 19, 2011 in courtroom 905. ADA Gwenn Cujdik is specially assigned to this case.

PA DISTRICT ATTORNEYS ANNOUNCE 2011-2012 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

March 11, 2011

Focus on public safety and protection, science and technology, and ensuring justice

HARRISBURG, PA – Improving public safety, using science and technology to identify criminals, and seeking justice for victims of crime led Pennsylvania’s district attorneys today to present their top priorities for the 2011-2012 General Assembly.  At a Capitol Rotunda news conference, leaders of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) said the legislative proposals announced today are necessary to protect the public and improve the criminal justice system.

“These recommendations come from the front lines of fighting crime and ensuring offenders are held accountable for their criminal acts,” said Edward M.  Marsico, Jr., president of the PDAA and District Attorney of Dauphin County. “District attorneys experience first-hand what works and what needs to be improved in our criminal justice system.  When something isn’t working, it is our job to try to fix it.”

The legislative priorities announced today demonstrate the association’s commitment to an on­going examination of the criminal justice system and identification of critical public safety changes that should be enacted.  These priorities were approved at the PDAA’s winter business meeting in February.  With over 1200 members, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association represents all of the state’s 67 elected and appointed district attorneys as well as assistant district attorneys and other prosecutors in Pennsylvania.

“In addressing the serious public safety issues in Pennsylvania, recognizing the stress of corrections costs on state and local budgets, and the ongoing obligation to ensure justice for both victims, district attorneys look forward to continuing to work with the legislature and governor to enact solutions to our most immediate criminal justice challenges,” said R. Seth Williams, PDAA Legislative Chair and District Attorney of Philadelphia.  “We have already begun to work with both the Governor’s Office and General Assembly, and we are seeing important progress.”

The PDAA’s 2011-2012 legislative priorities seek to close loopholes in Megan’s Law, control synthetic drugs that are wreaking havoc in our communities, identify ways of simultaneously improving public safety and controlling corrections costs, expand our use of DNA to identify criminals, update the Wiretap Act so that criminals are not more technologically advanced than law enforcement, and streamline the capital appeals process in order to shorten the endless appellate delays.

“We have the best criminal justice system in the world, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make it better,” said Marsico.  “Our proposed reforms are comprehensive and will help to ensure our communities are safer, our legal system better, and victims of crime are both protected and considered in the system.”

Close Loopholes in Megan’s Law that Permit Out of State and Transient Sex Offenders to Escape Registration Requirements: Megan’s Law is an important tool for the public to know if sex offenders are nearby.  It requires sexual offenders to register with the State Police and that provides identifying information about these offenders to be posted on a public website.  Unfortunately, as a result of two recent court cases, both out of state sex offenders moving to Pennsylvania and transient sex offenders face no penalties if they do not register as sex offenders.  These loopholes, while unintended, are literally permitting groups of sex offenders across the Commonwealth to escape registration requirements.  Legislation must be enacted to require them to register with State Police and for their information to be placed on the Megan’s Law website.

The House of Representatives has already acted and passed bills to close these loopholes, and the Senate has begun the process when its Judiciary Committee recently reported a bill to close the out-of-state sex offender loophole.  We call upon both the House and Senate to get these pieces of legislation to Governor Tom Corbett in April.

Make Bath Salts and K2/Spice Illegal: Pennsylvania, like many other states, is witnessing a very dangerous trend – synthetic drugs that are legal, but dangerous and deadly.  One such synthetic drug is bath salts, which are powerful synthetic stimulants designed to be comparable to cocaine or methamphetamine with similar risks.  Bath salts are deadly and legal.  They must be made illegal now.

K2/Spice is a mixture of common herbs sprayed with synthetic chemicals that mimic the effects of marijuana.  It is such a dangerous drug that the DEA has recently banned it.  So that our state courts can have jurisdiction over cases involving K2/Spice, state legislation banning it should be enacted.

The House Judiciary Committee recently approved legislation banning both drugs and we call on both the House and Senate to pass this legislation quickly.

Controlling Corrections Costs and Improving Public Safety: Pennsylvania’s district attorneys recognize the enormous strain that corrections costs place on our state budget.  We believe that some measures can be implemented that will both control costs and improve public safety.  We intend to work with the Governor, the General Assembly, Corrections Secretary designee John Wetzel, and Parole Board Chairman Catherine McVey to identify and implement such measures.  At the same time, we will identify and fight against proposals that seek to cut costs at the expense of public safety.  We know that the overwhelming majority of inmates in our state correctional facilities belong in prison, because they have committed a current or past violent offense or have a lengthy history of criminal behavior.  States that have effectively managed their prison population and improved public safety have done so by investing in sound programs and practices, and reinvested that cost savings back into the criminal justice system.  That is the smart and effective approach to addressing our correctional costs.

Using Science and Technology to Identify and Prosecute Violent Offenders

Identify Criminals by expanding DNA technology: DNA technology ensures accuracy and fairness in the criminal justice system.  Grounded in biology, statistics, and genetics, DNA evidence can be used to identify criminals, clear suspects, and even exonerate persons mistakenly accused or convicted of crimes.

In order to make better and fuller use of DNA technology, Pennsylvania should enact legislation to expand the pool from which DNA samples may be taken, including taking samples from some offenders upon arrest and allowing law enforcement to compare crime scene DNA to DNA samples of a relative of a potential suspect, known as Familial DNA testing.  Prosecutors also stress that adequate funding of the Pennsylvania State Police will ensure that the DNA database backlog is eliminated.

Update the Wiretap Act: Pennsylvania’s criminals are often more technologically advanced than our law enforcement.  That is because the last time the Pennsylvania Wiretap Act was updated was 1998.  Since then, technology has made sweeping advances making it necessary to update the law in order to stay one step ahead of criminals who deal drugs, engage in organized crime, possess child pornography, and commit terrorist activity.  The updates district attorneys are calling for relate to the technological developments in digital telephony, prepaid cell phones, caller ID¸ voice mail, and e-mail to ensure that serious criminals are brought to justice.

Ensuring Justice

Streamline Capital Appeals Process: There is a de facto moratorium on capital punishment in Pennsylvania, because of an endless appellate process that permits convicted murderers to file petition after petition with our appellate courts, no matter how frivolous.  While due process is a fundamental element to provide checks and balances in the process, the length of the appeals process, certain litigation techniques, and the process of issuing death warrants have eroded the deterrent effect of the death penalty and delay justice for victims.

Just as prosecutors worked improve the use of and access to DNA technologies to ensure justice in capital cases and other criminal prosecutions, district attorneys will propose several measures to streamline the capital appeals process, make death warrants meaningful, and identify other reforms which will provide additional credibility and accountability in the system.