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Press Release

  • 29 Charged with Insurance Fraud Felonies

    7/13/2017

    Attorney General Josh Shapiro: “We will aggressively prosecute anyone who breaks the law by providing false information to an insurance company.”

    HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced criminal charges against 29 people following investigations by the Office of Attorney General's Insurance Fraud Section. 

    The charges are part of a sweep conducted in July and June by the Insurance Fraud Section. The total fraud involved in these unrelated cases is over $160,000. In 2017 so far, the Office of Attorney General has charged 109 persons with insurance fraud, and Pennsylvania courts have ordered more than $655,000 in restitution be paid. In 2016, 203 people were charged with insurance fraud.

    “Insurance fraud is a serious crime that impacts consumers and policyholders across our Commonwealth,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “We will aggressively prosecute anyone who breaks the law by providing false information to an insurance company. When people commit insurance fraud, it causes premiums to rise for law-abiding policyholders. It’s wrong, and we’re taking action to stop it.” 

    All the defendants arrested in the most recent sweep are charged with insurance fraud, a third-degree felony. The cases are all pending. 

    Western Region:
    James Nayock, 56, of Tunnelton Road, Saltsburg, is accused of insurance fraud in the largest-valued case in this sweep - $30,000. Nayock was involved in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident after leaving a bar. He sustained serious injuries, including a broken leg which was treated at a hospital. 

    Instead of accurately reporting the incident, Nayock filed an insurance claim stating he had fallen from the bed of a stranger’s pickup truck and sustained injuries. Nayock is charged with insurance fraud and theft by deception. 

    The following defendants in Western Pennsylvania are also charged:

    Crystal Robb, 35, of Gallatin Avenue, Uniontown
    Jordan Basel, 31, of Patterson Lane, Vernon (still at large)
    Jason Rubin, 35, of Main Street, Canonsburg
    Jon Murman, 52, of Pierson Run Road, Pittsburgh
    Danielle Desch, 28, of Baney Road, Julian
    Jason Desch, 30, of Baney Road, Julian
    Blane Johnson, 39, of Bull Run Road, Brownsville
    Jan Fisher, 59, of Hansen Avenue, Lyndora
    Amy Allaman, 37, W. Jefferson Street, Butler
    Jocelyn Bayus, 21, of Lincoln Street, Cokeburg
    Tina Yeast, 21, of Lake Street, Springboro
    Christopher Yohe, 27, of Harrisburg Run, Bradford

      Eastern Region:
      In another case, Quran Howard, 43, of S. 16th Street, Philadelphia, filed an insurance claim stating that more than $14,000 in personal property was stolen from her home in March 2016, including a Celine handbag worth $3,600. Howard claimed she had bought the handbag from the King of Prussia Neiman Marcus while she was with her friend, Nihessah Almond, 38, of Pleasant Court, Wilmington, DE. 

      Almond told investigators she purchased the handbag on Howard’s behalf and Howard repaid her in cash. Sales records obtained from the store showed the handbag was actually bought by another woman - not Howard or Almond – and the receipt from the purchase was fraudulently submitted to Howard’s insurance company, without the other woman’s knowledge. Howard and Almond are charged with insurance fraud, theft by deception and conspiracy. 

      Also charged with insurance fraud in Philadelphia and the surrounding region are:

      Patricia Barksdale, 61, of W. Stella Street, Philadelphia
      Nelson Burgos-Matos, 28, of N. 6th Street, Philadelphia
      Simone Evanson, 25, of Willows Avenue, Philadelphia
      Brenda Lakey, 57, of Chestnut Street, Pomeroy
      David Clark, 38, of Willow Drive, Levittown 
      Brittany Hooper, 21, Powelton Avenue, Philadelphia
      Jerrel Giles, 28, of Washington Avenue, Willow Grove
      Stacey Haberberger, 36, of Lindbergh Boulvard, Philadelphia
      Majid Narimanian, 46, of Greenshire Avenue, Claymont, DE 

        Central Region:
        Another case brought to light disability fraud by Andrew Cooke, 28, of Harford, CT. Cooke received disability benefits of nearly $3,000 from Vision Quest while he was employed and receiving wages from Chambersburg Middle School. Cooke stated on a Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry form he had not been employed at any time while receiving workers’ compensation benefits. Cooke is charged with workers’ compensation fraud.

        Also charged with insurance fraud in central Pennsylvania are:

        Tabatha Zerbe, 44, of Mill Road, Fleetwood
        Crystal Kline, 44, of S. 9th Street, Lebanon
        LuAnn Hileman, 32, of S. 2nd Street, Steelton
        Monica Canny, 34, of Helvetia Street, Wellsboro

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