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

  

April 16, 2013

Berks County mother and son charged with insurance fraud after allegedly pawning "stolen" jewelry

HARRISBURG - A Berks County mother and son were arrested today by agents from the Attorney General's Office, following allegations that the pair pawned jewelry that they later reported stolen.

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Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane identified the defendants as Kim Morrissey, 54, 376 Snyder Road, Reading, and her son Jason Egan, 31, 1135 Clair Ave., Birdsboro.

According to the criminal complaint, in September 2010, Morrissey, who had been vacationing in Florida, told her husband that all of the jewelry she took on her trip had been stolen from her hotel room.

Investigators said that Morrissey provided statements to Donegal Insurance Group, as well as the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, claiming to have lost numerous bracelets, charms, earrings, necklaces, and rings valued at over $4,000.00.

The charges state that Morrissey and Egan, who was also in Florida at the time, actually pawned the jewelry in Florida in order to pay hotel and other expenses.

Pawn records maintained under Florida law confirm that both Morrissey and Egan pawned numerous items of jewelry at several pawn shops.  Donegal Insurance Group ultimately denied the claim.

Morrissey is charged with:

  • two counts of insurance fraud;
  • two counts of false reports to law enforcement authorities;
  • one count of criminal attempt ? theft by deception; and
  • one count of criminal conspiracy ? theft by deception.

Egan is charged with:

  • two counts of insurance fraud;
  • one count of criminal attempt ? theft by deception, and
  • one count of criminal conspiracy ? theft by deception.

 The case will be prosecuted in Berks County by Deputy Attorney General Kelley Nelson of the Attorney General's Insurance Fraud Section.

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

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