Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

July 29, 2005

AG Corbett announces arrest of Philadelphia man in $144,000 identity theft scam

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that agents from the Attorney General's Insurance Fraud Section have charged a Philadelphia man in connection with an identity theft and insurance fraud scam that totaled more than $144,000. 

Corbett identified the defendant as Daniel Sullivan, 51, formerly of the 5000 block of F St., Philadelphia.

According to the criminal charges, Sullivan allegedly used another individual's name and health insurance information to obtain medical care at five different hospitals in Philadelphia, Chester and Berks counties, as well as in New Jersey.

"This is a case about theft, plain and simple," Corbett said.  "Daniel Sullivan illegally used the name and health insurance information of another person in an attempt to avoid paying for tens of thousands of dollars worth of skilled medical treatment at hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey."

Corbett said that Sullivan allegedly posed as "David Richardson," repeatedly using Richardson's name and medical insurance information without Richardson's knowledge or permission.

The charges state that Sullivan used Richardson's identity to receive treatment at Hahnemann Hospital, Philadelphia; Chester County Hospital, West Chester; Reading Hospital, Reading; Princeton Health Care System, Princeton, New Jersey and John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Newark, New Jersey.  The total bill for treatment at those five hospitals was $144,330.

Corbett said the hospital bills were submitted to Aetna Insurance, of Blue Bell, Montgomery County, which provided medical insurance coverage for Richardson.  Aetna paid a portion of those claims, totaling $56,230 before halting payments and contacting the Attorney General's Insurance Fraud Section.

Sullivan is charged with five counts of insurance fraud, four counts of attempt to commit theft by deception, four counts of theft by deception, three counts of theft of services, three counts of identity theft and two counts of forgery.

Corbett said that Sullivan is currently incarcerated at the State Correctional Institute in Mercer, Mercer County, on unrelated charges.

Sullivan was arraigned by video link on Thursday, July 28, before Blue Bell Magisterial District Judge John S. Murray, III.  Bail was set at $50,000 cash.  A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 3, before Judge Murray.

Corbett said the case will be prosecuted in Montgomery County by Deputy Attorney General Eric Schoenberg, of the Attorney General's Insurance Fraud Section.

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

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Editors' Note: A photo of the defendant and copies of the criminal complaint are available by contacting the Attorney General's Press Office at 717-787-5211.