October 19, 2012
HARRISBURG - A Philadelphia woman was arrested today on allegations that immediately following a car accident she called her insurance company, while in an ambulance, to add comprehensive collision coverage to her insurance policy.
Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as Regina Whitehead, 23, 1923 South Alden St., Philadelphia.
According to the criminal complaint, in October 2011 Whitehead, who did not have comprehensive or collision insurance for her vehicle, was involved in a four vehicle accident.
The charges state that in an ambulance on the way to the hospital, Whitehead called her insurance company to add comprehensive, collision, and rental coverage to her auto policy for the vehicle that had just been involved in the accident.
Kelly said that following the accident, Whitehead allegedly reported a claim to her insurance company in an attempt to have damages to her vehicle paid and lied to the company about when the accident occurred, saying that it happened after she obtained the additional coverage to her policy.
Whitehead is charged with one count of insurance fraud and one count of criminal attempt to commit theft by deception.
She was preliminarily arraigned before Bensalem Magisterial District Judge Joseph P. Falcone and released on $10,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 24, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. before Judge Falcone.
She will be prosecuted in Bucks County by Senior Deputy Attorney Robert LaBar of the Attorney General's insurance Fraud Section.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)