MAN CHARGED FOR REGISTERING A VEHICLE WITH A FRAUDULENT STATE FARM INSURANCE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY CARD

July 10, 2017 by

Defendant:

  • Christian Van Robertson
  • Age: 25
  • OTN: U0837270

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 Christian Van Robertson after they received a referral from the Philadelphia Police Department.

On August 17, 2016, Christian Van Robertson was pulled over by two police officers while driving. Mr. Van Robertson provided the two police officers with his license and with his financial responsibility card from State Farm Insurance Company. The police officers called the insurance company which stated that the financial responsibility card provided was fraudulent.

Detectives from the Insurance Fraud Unit conducted a vehicle registration check which revealed that Mr. Van Robertson registered his vehicle with the fraudulent financial responsibility card at Hernandez Auto Tags on May 27, 2016. Further detectives also reached out to State Farm Insurance Company, which provided them with statement that they never issued any insurance cards to the defendant.

Christian Van Robertson was arrested on June 21st, 2017. He is next scheduled to appear for his a status listing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on July 32, 2017

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WOMAN FILES 23 FRAUDULENT CLAIMS WITH AFLAC INSURANCE COMPANY AND TRAVELERS INSURANCE COMPANY

July 10, 2017 by

Defendants:

  • Bonita Ashley
  • Age: 60
  • OTN: U0834363

Charges:

  • Forgery 18 Pa C.S. § 4101 – F3 (14 counts)
  • Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 – F3 (13 counts)
  •  Attempted Theft by Deception 18 Pa C.S. § 3922 – F3 (1 count)
  • Theft by Deception 18 Pa C.S. § 3922 – F3 (1 count)

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Bonita Ashley after receiving an insurance fraud referral from AFLAC Insurance Company (AFLAC). Over the two year period between 2014 and 2016, Ashley Bonita filed 22 false insurance claims for benefits with AFLAC. She was subsequently paid $10,605.000 in benefits, and attempted to file a claim against Travelers Insurance Company for an alleged broken tooth.

Detectives from the Insurance Fraud Unit performed search warrants for Ms. Ashley’s medical records from various hospitals where Ms. Ashley stated that she was admitted. On many occasions, the records that Ms. Ashley submitted to AFLAC had forged dates, and stated that she was treated for ailments that she never received any treatment. Many of the records submitted were doctored from her previous medical history.

For example, Ms. Ashley submitted a claim to AFLAC stating that she was treated and had spinal surgery performed at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital on March 3, 2015. Her actual medical records stated that she was treated for a posterior lumbar decompression on August 27, 2012 at that hospital.

Other claims submitted contained the same false information. On June 12, 2015, Ms. Ashley submitted a claim which stated that she was treated for a fracture in her right ankle. The surgical report that she submitted, stated that the surgery lasted 105 minutes. Her actual medical records from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania revealed that she never had such surgery. Also, the doctor whom Ms. Ashley stated performed the surgery has a strict specialty in surgery of the shoulder. She submitted two other claims on November 2. 2015 and November 3, 2015 claiming that she fell and needed a hip replacement. On these two claims. Ms. Ashley did not identify where she received treatment, however she provided a telephone number to Penn Medicine and Rehabilitation Center. None of the records from that hospital suggest that Ms. Ashley received treatment for hip related injuries or had a hip replacement surgery.

She submitted two other claims on June 10, 2015 and on June 30, 2015 to AFLAC. On the claim submitted on June 10, 2015, Ms. Ashley claimed that she fell down a flight of stairs but did not require any ambulance transportation. She stated that she was treated for a fracture in her right leg and ankle at Chestnut Hill Hospital. On her claim from June 30, 2015, Ms. Ashley stated that she was treated at the Chestnut Hill Hospital emergency department after she fell down a flight of stairs because she was upset at the passing of her mother. Her medical records revealed that she was treated on June 9, 2015, at Chestnut Hill Hospital for joint pain and not a fracture. She was never treated at Chestnut Hill Hospital on June 30, 2015.

On June 29, 2016 and on July 15, 2016, Ms. Ashley submitted two claims claiming that as a result of an automobile accident she suffered from paralysis in her right calf and left knee. She stated that she received treatment at Progressive Injury Care and at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania. A review of the medical records received from both providers revealed that Ms. Ashley falsified the dates that she received treatment and the type of treatment. Ms. Ashley was treated at Progressive Injury Care on March 21, 2016 and definitely not in June as she claimed in the records that she submitted. Further, Ms. Ashley was treated on June 20, 2016 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, however her ailment was a kidney cyst and not a paralysis of her calf. AFLAC did not pay any benefits on this claim. When Ms. Ashley was informed that her claim was denied, she threatened to report AFLAC to the media and kept on insisting that she was a paraplegic and therefore eligible for the benefits in her policy for that ailment.

Lastly, a review of Ms. Ashley’s previous insurance claims revealed that she attempted to file a similar fraudulent claim against Travelers Insurance for a broken tooth at a T.G.I Friday restaurant. Ms. Ashley claimed that in December 19, 2014 she was having lunch with her co-workers. While eating her lunch, Ms. Ashley bit down on an uncooked grain of rice which caused her tooth to split in half. She stated that she went to her dentist on the same day, and that by December 31, 2014 she had her tooth extracted. On January 6, 2015 she was informed that her claim was denied. Again, when informed of this Ms. Ashley called Travelers Insurance Company and threatened to call the media and inform them that the restaurant serves uncooked food.

On January 23, 2015, the manager of the T.G.I. Friday restaurant received a call from one of Ms. Ashley’s coworkers. Ms. Ashley was and is currently employed at the Juvenile Justice Center as a case manager for at-risk youth. The coworker asked to remain anonymous, stated that she was having a holiday lunch with Ms. Ashley. In a recorded statement, her coworker stated, that Ms. Ashley’s tooth was chipped previously but that she planned to go into the restaurant and claim that it was their food that damaged her tooth. On May 22, 2017, detectives from the Insurance Fraud Unit interviewed her co-worker and confirmed the version of events that she gave to representatives of Travelers Insurance and the restaurant.

On June 5, 2017, Ms. Ashley was also interviewed by detectives from the Insurance Fraud Unit. She begrudgingly admitted to committing fraud and to falsifying her medical records while stating “as broke as I am, I may have altered the information on the forms”. Nevertheless to this day, Ms. Ashley sustains that she broke her tooth due to uncooked rice.

Overall Ms. Ashley provided drastically altered copies of her medical records from Thomas Jefferson Hospital, Chestnut Hill Hospital, Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital to AFLAC. Further she provided falsified dental records to Travelers Insurance Company to sustain her fractured tooth claim. Before her arrest date, Ms. Bonita was given several chances to surrender. Ms. Bonita on a couple instances would call and state that she cannot comply with her arrest warrant because she was hospitalized. Ashley Bonita finally did surrender and was arrested on June 20, 2017, on the above stated charges.

Bonita Ashley is next scheduled to appear in courtroom 406, for a Status of Counsel Hearing on July 21, 2017 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

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PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE ISSUES STATEMENT ON THE RESIGNATION OF R. SETH WILLIAMS AS PHILADELPHIA’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY

June 29, 2017 by

PHILADELPHIA (June 29, 2017) – Kathleen Martin, First Assistant for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (DAO) today released the following statement on the resignation of R. Seth Williams as Philadelphia’s District Attorney:

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office embodies the phrase that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The Assistant District Attorneys and professional staff of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office are among the finest in the country. Throughout this unfortunate period they continued to display the diligence, fortitude, and integrity that has historically been a hallmark of the Office. I could not be more proud of how my hardworking colleagues have conducted themselves in light of the investigation and prosecution of Mr. Williams, and now with the conclusion of this case, Philadelphians should know that their District Attorney’s Office continues the pursuit of justice and the hope for a safer city endures.

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MAN CHARGED FOR REGISTERING A VEHICLE WITH A FRAUDULENT TRAVELERS INSURANCE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY CARD

June 14, 2017 by

Defendant:

  • Harold Mobley

Charges:

  • Forgery 18 Pa C.S. § 4101 – F3
  • Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 – F3
  • Tampering with Records 18 Pa C.S. § 4104 – M1

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Harold Mobley after receiving an insurance fraud referral from Travelers Insurance Company. Mr. Mobley was involved in a motor vehicle accident on April 24, 2017. After attempting to flee the scene of the accident, he was apprehended by the driver of the other vehicle, who followed him after the accident for several blocks. Mr. Mobley provided the other driver with his fraudulent Travelers Insurance financial responsibility card.

The other driver attempted to file a claim with Travelers Insurance for the damages to her vehicle, however was informed by representatives from the insurance company that Mr. Mobley did not have a policy with them. Detectives from the Insurance Fraud Unit reviewed the title history for Mr. Mobley’s vehicle and found that he registered his vehicle with the fraudulent financial responsibility card that he provided to the other driver. Further, detectives interviewed the driver of the other vehicle and a tag agent from Martin Tag Agency where Mr. Mobley submitted his registration information. They both identified Mr. Mobley and stated that he provided them with the information on the fake financial responsibility card.

Harold Mobley was arrested on June 5th, 2017. He is next scheduled to appear for his arraignment in Philadelphia Municipal Court on June 26, 2017.

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HOTLINE OPEN TO RECEIVE REPORTS OF PAYMENTS FOR SERVICES BY THE PHILADELPHIA VETERANS ADVISORY COMMISSION

June 1, 2017 by

PHILADELPHIA (June 1, 2017) – The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (DAO) today released the following statement announcing the creation of a hotline so citizens can report any requests of payment for services by the Philadelphia Veterans Advisory Commission:

As of a result of citizen inquiries, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office is asking anyone who paid a fee to receive any type of service from the Philadelphia Veteran’s Advisory Commission to contact the Office’s consumer hotline at 215-686-9641. Examples of fees could include; but are not limited to; legal, housing, or disability fees.

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HOTLINE OPEN TO RECEIVE REPORTS OF PAYMENTS FOR SERVICES BY THE PHILADELPHIA VETERANS ADVISORY COMMISSION

June 1, 2017 by

PHILADELPHIA (June 1, 2017) – The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (DAO) today released the following statement announcing the creation of a hotline so citizens can report any requests of payment for services by the Philadelphia Veterans Advisory Commission:

As of a result of citizen inquiries, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office is asking anyone who paid a fee to receive any type of service from the Philadelphia Veteran’s Advisory Commission to contact the Office’s consumer hotline at 215-686-9641. Examples of fees could include; but are not limited to; legal, housing, or disability fees.

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STATEMENT ON VACATING THE CONVICTION OF SHARUN THOMAS

May 23, 2017 by

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office today issued the following statment on vacating the conviction of Shaurn Thomas from Kathleen E. Martin, First Assistant District Attorney:

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office is proud to have a conviction review unit that meets or exceeds all national protocols. I am grateful for the hard work and dedication of BJ Graham-Rubin, Andrew Wellbrock and Jill Roth who are tirelessly reviewing all case that have been submitted. Our role is to seek justice at every opportunity and whether it be prosecuting violent criminals or reviewing cases to ensure those behind bars deserve to be there, we will carry out this duty fairly and thoroughly. As you know, we have agreed to vacate the conviction of Mr. Thomas and recommend his immediate pretrial release. We will continue to review this case and make a decision regarding retrial in the very near future.

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AUTO BODY SHOP OWNER ARRESTED AFTER CHARGING CUSTOMER FOR FICTICIOUS REPAIRS TO VEHICLE

May 19, 2017 by

Defendant

  • Eugene Kenny

Charges:

  • Theft by Deception 18 Pa C.S. § 3922 – F3 (1 count)
  • Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 –F3 (1 count)
  • Forgery 18 Pa C.S. § 4101 – F2 (1 count)

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Eugene Kenny on the above charges after receiving a referral from Progressive Insurance. The insured’s daughter was involved in an auto accident on January 16, 2016. The vehicle was towed to Kenny’s Auto Body for repairs following the accident and Progressive Insurance agreed to pay $ 8,463.40 to repair the vehicle. They issued a check to the insured for the cost of repair.

After six weeks of performing repairs on the vehicle, the above defendant contacted the insured and informed him that the vehicle was ready to be picked up. After picking up the vehicle, the insured noticed that the repairs were not made, and that many of the damaged parts of the vehicle were not replaced with new ones.

The insured contacted Progressive and informed them of the problems. Progressive appraised the vehicle and found that none of the parts were replaced and that it would cost them an additional $6,250.73 to have the vehicle properly repaired. The insured also reported to Progressive that he never endorsed the check from Progressive for the repairs, and that the above defendant forged his signature.

Detectives from the Insurance Fraud Unit interviewed the owner of Rosenberg’s Check Cashing, where the defendant cashed the check from Progressive. The owner identified Mr. Kenny and told the detectives that the check from Progressive bounced and that the defendant owes him the balance on the check.

Kenny Rogers was interviewed by detectives from the Insurance Fraud Unit on April 19, 2016. He admitted to cashing the check from Progressive Insurance and to charging for repairs that he did not actually perform on the insured’s vehicle.

Kenny Rogers was arrested on May 2, 2017 on the above stated charges. He is next listed to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on May 22, 2017 for his arraignment.

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ON PRIMARY DAY ELECTION FRAUD TASK FORCE WILL BE READY FOR VOTERS

May 10, 2017 by

Hotline will take calls at 215-686-9641, 9643, or 9644

PHILADELPHIA (May 10, 2017) – Once the polls open on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, Philadelphians can call the Election Fraud Task Force at 215-686-9641, 9643, or 9644 if they see or experience fraud at the polls. The Task Force will have 57 Assistant District Attorneys (ADA) and specially assigned detectives available to address any Primary Election Day concerns.

“As in past elections, we will have ADAs deployed throughout the city before the polls open and Task Force members stationed in Philadelphia’s Central Election Court to respond to any Primary Election Day concerns,” said Kathleen Martin, First Assistant District Attorney.

The Election Fraud Task Force will coordinate its efforts with the City Commissioners and Philadelphia’s Central Election Court to respond to any election-related concerns. As always, if the need arises, the Task Force can enlist additional ADAs on Primary Election Day to respond to emerging issues. Typically, the Task Force is asked to respond to allegations of illegal voting, candidate write-in issues, refusal of election boards to recognize poll watcher certificates, intimidation, illegal electioneering, and illegal voting assistance.

In March, the Election Fraud Task Force launched an investigation into the 197th Legislative District Special Election. That investigation, which is being conducted in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, is still ongoing.

The Election Fraud Task Force was created in 2014 to investigate and prosecute allegations of Election Day criminal activity. The Task Force continues to be part of the District Attorney’s Special Investigations Unit and is staffed by ADAs and detectives. The office will be issuing Primary Election updates via its Twitter account while the polls are open.

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PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE CONCLUDES AMTRAK INVESTIGATION

May 9, 2017 by

PHILADELPHIA (May 9, 2017) – The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office today released the following statement announcing the conclusion of its investigation into the May 12, 2015, Amtrak derailment:

The District Attorney’s Office has completed its investigation into the Amtrak derailment at the Frankford Junction on May 12, 2015, in which eight people were killed and two hundred others were injured, many seriously. We extend our sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives and everyone who was affected by this tragedy.

Two senior members of the Homicide Unit worked closely with Philadelphia Police and Amtrak officials, including experienced train engineers. Both Assistant District Attorneys (ADA) consulted with officials of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and thoroughly reviewed the NTSB report. They rode in the cab of a train along the route leading to the scene of the derailment. The team reviewed the audio tapes of what the engineer said and heard before the derailment, and reviewed the engineer’s cell phone, cell phone records, and cell site data. Finally, the two senior Homicide ADAs consulted with experts in train operation.

The evidence indicates that the derailment was caused by the engineer operating the train far in excess of the speed limit.

However, we cannot conclude that the evidence rises to the high level necessary to charge the engineer or anyone else with a criminal offense. We have no evidence that the engineer acted with criminal “intent” or criminal “knowledge” within the special meaning of those terms under Pennsylvania law for purposes of criminal charges. Nor do we believe there is sufficient evidence to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, criminal recklessness, which would be the only other basis for criminal liability. Pennsylvania law specially states that one acts with criminal recklessness when a person “consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk.” Based on the available information, we do not have evidence sufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the engineer “consciously” disregarded the risk. We applied the law to the facts and reached this conclusion, which is specific to the criminal context. We of course offer no view on potential liability in other legal proceedings arising out of this incident.

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