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June 16, 2011
Two Pennsylvania men have been charged with conspiracy, theft by deception, and insurance fraud on allegations that they damaged homes in South Jersey after persuading owners to report hail damage to insurance companies, authorities said Wednesday. Marcin Gradziel, 32, of Norristown, and Dominik Sadowski, 34, of Sellersville, were responsible for more than $69,000 worth of damage to at least five homes in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer Counties, according to Ronald Chillemi, acting insurance-fraud prosecutor.
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October 22, 1998 | By Thomas Ginsberg, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
Eliot Ness he's not. With a grayish beard and unassuming demeanor, Ed Neafsey looks more like a college professor than the man who would put away the ringleaders of auto insurance fraud in New Jersey. But Neafsey, who is expected to be confirmed today by the state Senate as New Jersey's first insurance-fraud prosecutor, does have one thing in common with the "Untouchable" Ness who fought the mob in the 1930s: Neafsey is about to take what he describes as a "hot seat" in one of the most volatile crime issues of his day. Auto insurance has been a problem in New Jersey since the 1970s, partly because of fraud, which has helped give the state the country's highest average rates for a decade.
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June 22, 2006 | By Stephanie L. Arnold INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia man yesterday was sentenced to up to six years in prison for using another man's identity to receive medical care at several hospitals. Daniel Sullivan, 52, of the 5000 block of F Street, pleaded guilty to insurance fraud, identity theft and forgery after investigators discovered that he ran up $146,000 in medical bills on David Richardson's health plan. Investigators for Attorney General Tom Corbett's office said Sullivan posed as Richardson on medical insurance forms and other documentation without Richardson's permission or knowledge.
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January 4, 1995 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Unscrupulous lawyers, doctors, clinics, claims adjusters, auto mechanics and greedy ordinary people who engage in insurance scams beware! District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham announced yesterday that her office would be coming after violators, thanks to new legislation that gives local law-enforcement agencies and the state attorney general $12 million annually to investigate and prosecute insurance schemes. The funds will come solely from the Pennsylvania insurance industry.
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January 7, 1991 | By Emilie Lounsberry, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the last nine months, lawyer Robert B. Burke has been a central figure in the investigation of the slaying of Donna Willard, a Southwest Philadelphia hairdresser who was saying good night to her three children when a knock on the door brought her downstairs to a lone gunman and death. Just 10 days ago, two men, including a Burke client named James D. Louie, were charged with killing Willard on March 6 to prevent her from testifying before the federal grand jury that was investigating Burke and others for insurance fraud.
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January 18, 2002 | By Jacqueline Soteropoulos INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Statements made by former Police Capt. James J. Brady and Capt. Joseph J. DiLacqua to police investigators may not be used against the pair if they are brought to trial for orchestrating a cover-up of an automobile accident by Brady, according to lawyers involved in the case. And that could prove beneficial for their defense, if it can be shown that the statements were used to gather evidence against them. In that instance - which Brady's lawyer contends is the case - that evidence would be inadmissible in court, the lawyers say. Brady, once the popular commander of the homicide unit, and DiLacqua were charged Wednesday with orchestrating the cover-up of Brady's police-car crash after he spent a night drinking Feb. 12, 1998.
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December 20, 1995 | By Russell Gold, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Charles Doneson, 40, was arrested yesterday by agents of the state Office of the Attorney General and charged with submitting fraudulent medical insurance claims. Doneson, of Doylestown Township, said he injured his neck and back in a 1992 accident in his two-story Colonial house, according to Kevin Harley, spokesman for the attorney general. He later submitted a claim for $9,791 to Independence Blue Cross for three months of physical therapy at Atlantic Rehab Associates in Bensalem, authorities charged.
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February 7, 2009 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A veteran Center City personal-injury lawyer who portrayed himself as champion of poor people injured in falls and car crashes - and who prosecutors called the "CEO of a thiefdom" - was convicted of insurance fraud yesterday. H. Allen Litt, 59, grimaced and then frowned as the Common Pleas Court jury returned verdicts against him on a charge of dealing in the proceeds of illegal activity, six counts of insurance fraud, nine counts of theft by deception, and two counts of attempted theft by deception.
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August 12, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
Bogus insurance. Fraudulent registrations. Stolen cars disguised and resold to unsuspecting customers. Those were some of the tactics prosecutors say were used by dozens of people and three corporations in what they described as an auto-theft and insurance-fraud ring that operated in Philadelphia for years. "This was a massive criminal enterprise," District Attorney Seth Williams said Wednesday as he announced charges against 32 people. Assistant District Attorney Linda Montag, who oversaw the investigation, described the ring as "a detailed, intricate criminal organization with many moving parts," allowing coconspirators to generate tens of thousands of dollars in profits.
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June 12, 2016
A judge ruled Friday that Claire Risoldi, the Bucks County matriarch accused of multimillion-dollar insurance fraud, violated a court order that she not contact possible witnesses in her upcoming trial. Chester County Court Judge Thomas Gavin sentenced her to 30 days in prison for criminal contempt, but she has not yet been jailed because her attorney, Jack McMahon, has appealed. Gavin found Risoldi had used subpoenas to contact witnesses against his order. Prosecutors allege she used the subpoenas, issued by McMahon, to intimidate witnesses who testified in the grand jury investigation that led to her arrest on fraud charges in January 2015.
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June 11, 2016 | By Grace Toohey, Staff Writer
A judge ruled Thursday that Claire Risoldi, the Bucks County matriarch already accused of multimillion-dollar insurance fraud, should be held for trial on witness-intimidation charges. "There's enough evidence to go to a jury," District Judge Gary Gambardella said after the six-hour preliminary hearing in Doylestown, and after rejecting a defense request that he recuse himself. State prosecutors allege that Risoldi used a subpoena, issued by her attorney, Jack McMahon, to influence witnesses who testified in the grand jury investigation that led to Risoldi's arrest on fraud charges in January 2015.
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June 3, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
Claire Risoldi, the Bucks County matriarch accused of multimillion-dollar insurance fraud, was jailed Wednesday after being arrested again on witness-intimidation charges. State prosecutors contend Risoldi used a subpoena, issued by her lawyer, to influence witnesses who testified in a grand jury investigation that led to Risoldi's arrest on fraud charges in January 2015. "Our system of justice depends on witnesses being free to testify without fear of intimidation or retaliation," Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said in a statement.
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February 10, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
A judge on Monday rejected a request by prosecutors to revoke bail and jail a prominent Bucks County woman awaiting trial on charges of insurance fraud. Prosecutors claimed that Claire Risoldi, 68, who is accused of inflating insurance claims to financing a lavish lifestyle, again tried to intimidate a witness in her upcoming trial - an accusation they have made four times since her January 2015 arrest. Chester County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Gavin, who is hearing the case because of Risoldi's local ties, rejected the request.
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January 31, 2016 | By Dana DiFilippo, Staff Writer
Two central Pennsylvania men have been indicted in the baseball-bat beating death of a Delaware man in an apparent scheme to collect his life insurance money. A New Castle County, Del., grand jury indicted Ryan Shover, 44, of York, Pa., and Michael Kman, 51, of Enola, Pa., on charges of first-degree murder, insurance fraud and related offenses for the 2013 death of Wayne Cappelli, 43, of Claymont, Del. Cappelli was found dead in a roadside ditch in Brandywine Hundred, Del., on Feb. 18, 2013, with severe injuries all over his body.
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January 13, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
The former owner of the historic Bucks County Playhouse was sentenced Monday to 21/2 years in prison after collecting about $240,000 from bogus insurance claims he made on behalf of the theater and attempting the same tactic for a second theater he owned. Ralph Miller, 69, of New Hope, was convicted of money laundering and mail fraud in May by a federal jury in Philadelphia. In sentencing Miller, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe called him a "charlatan" and "snake oil salesman," according to Assistant U.S. Attorney K.T. Newton.
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December 4, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
PHILADELPHIA District Attorney Seth Williams yesterday finally took action against three prosecutors at the center of the so-called Porngate scandal, reassigning them to lower-profile units amid repeated calls for their termination. Because, sometimes, "sensitivity training" just isn't enough. Frank Fina, once a star public-corruption prosecutor, will move from the special-investigations unit to the civil-litigation unit. His colleague Marc Costanzo will be transferred from special investigations to appeals, and Patrick Blessington will be transferred from insurance fraud to the post-conviction-relief-act unit.
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April 9, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Over three months, Claire Risoldi's jewelry collection - and its insurance policy - ballooned from a couple of pieces worth $100,000 to 52 items worth about $11 million. Weeks later, the Risoldi family's Bucks County mansion caught fire for the third time in three years. The collection disappeared, and Risoldi allegedly claimed that firefighters were to blame. Testifying for the second day in a Bucks County courtroom on Tuesday, insurance adjuster James O'Keefe noted the insurance policy's rapid increase and said insurer AIG would eventually deny the $11 million claim under the belief it was fraudulent.
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April 1, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The body-shop owner allegedly drove cars into poles and damaged them with forklifts - right across the street from the Darby Borough police station - in a scam to collect inflated claims from insurance companies. On Monday, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan announced charges in a four-year investigation into the elaborate scheme that cost companies at least $85,000 and involved 11 individuals. Whelan said he expected to uncover further instances in the fraud scheme, adding, "We'd be naive to think this is the only amount of activity.
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