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Philadelphia family accused of insurance fraud after estate fires

With today’s sophisticated and increasingly easy-to-use technology so prevalent, it is not uncommon to see headlines about white collar crimes such as identity theft or Ponzi schemes. However, many people can find themselves accused of a white collar crime simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is also possible for an employer to convince an employee to unwittingly participate in shady dealings, especially if the person accused is kept in the dark about what’s really going on. Unfortunately, this may lead to innocent people in Philadelphia being charged with a serious crime.

It’s also not unheard of to face criminal charges if authorities suspect theft or fraud that looks suspicious, even if the defendant never intended any wrongdoing. This is what the defense attorneys for a Philadelphia family are saying occurred, after the family was ordered to stand trial for insurance fraud.

According to court documents, a woman and her son, daughter and daughter-in-law are accused of inflating insurance claims to more than $20 million, after the family’s 10-acre mansion had three fires over the span of five years. The woman, a political fundraiser, also stated that jewelry worth millions had gone missing during one of the fires. After deliberating, a Pennsylvania judge ordered the case to go to trial. The family’s attorneys insist that the fires were all electrical and were not the family’s doing.

The court system exists so serious accusations like this are not immediately prosecuted, but so those accused are allowed to defend their case and show how they may be innocent or unknowing that any crime was committed.

Source: PennLive, "Pa. family accused in $20M fraud case to stand trial; mansion had 3 fires in 5 years," April 9, 2015

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