Cop charged in insurance scam

Off. April Shaynick: Suspended with intent to dismiss
Off. April Shaynick: Suspended with intent to dismiss
Posted: December 07, 2012

A CITY COP who fled the scene of an accident and then filed a false insurance claim was foiled, in part, by an observant pizza-delivery man, prosecutors said Wednesday.

April Shaynick, 42, has been charged with insurance fraud, theft, false reports to law enforcement and related offenses for the Aug. 9 crash at Van Kirk Street and Summerdale Avenue, in the Summerdale section of the Northeast.

Shaynick, a 14-year veteran of the department who works in the 1st District, in South Philly, was in her 2004 Honda Civic when she ran a stop sign at the intersection and hit a 2003 Mazda Protege with two people inside, prosecutors said.

According to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Shaynick took off from the crash without stopping to check on the well-being of those in the car she hit.

One person in the other vehicle was taken to the hospital for injuries to her knee, according to prosecutors.

For Shaynick, who lists on Facebook that gambling is her favorite pastime, her actions were a gamble that didn't pay off.

Several people not only witnessed the accident, but a vigilant pizza-delivery driver took a photo of Shaynick's license plate as she drove away, prosecutors said.

The day after the accident, Shaynick allegedly called her insurance company and reported that her car had been hit while it was parked outside of her house.

She even went so far as to file a false police report that she wrote herself and forwarded it along to the insurance company, which paid out $4,000 to have her car fixed, prosecutors said.

Shaynick turned herself in to prosecutors Wednesday and has been suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.


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