8.17.12 Auto Insurance Fraud Arrest
On April 5th, Officer Graczyk of the Lancaster City Police Department was dispatched to Park City Mall to take the report of a stolen vehicle. Upon arriving, Off. Graczyk spoke to the vehicle owner….
Davoud Kermanshahi, 67
4200 Blk Cranberry St
Originally from Iran—Currently a US Citizen
Kermanshahi reported that his 1990 Mercedes Benz 300 SEL was stolen from the parking lot of Park City Mall three days earlier on April 2nd. He reported that he and his wife were at the mall that day, he parked the vehicle in the parking lot and that when they exited the mall that evening at about 7:45 pm, they found their vehicle was missing. Kermanshahi reported that the following evening, on April 3rd, he spoke to an Officer from Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department, who advised him that his vehicle was in a parking lot in Shillington and that the Cumru Twp Police had been dispatched there, where they discovered it. Kermanshahi reported that the night his vehicle went missing, he had attempted to look for it and flagged down a mall security officer to assist him in searching for his vehicle. He reported that after they could not locate his vehicle, he took the bus home, but did not file a stolen vehicle report at that time. Kermanshahi’s wife was identified as….
Ziba Partovi, 55
Originally from Iran—Currently a US Citizen
This investigation was subsequently assigned to Detective Heather Halstead of the Police Department’s Auto Theft Unit. It was learned that Kermanshahi also contacted Nationwide Insurance Company on April 5th and reported his vehicle stolen to them as well. During a follow up interview with a Nationwide Insurance Investigator on June 12th Kermanshahi and his wife originally provided the same account as what was previously provided, in terms of what happened to the vehicle. It was then revealed during the interview that his wife had left the Country in March to visit family in Iran and that Kermanshahi also left the country on April 15th and joined her in Iran. It was also learned that they returned to the United States on May 21st.
As part of the investigation into this incident, Detective Halstead was able to determine, among other things, that Kermanshahi did not take the bus from Park City as he reported, but instead had taken a Cab from a Lebanon Bus Terminal to Manheim that afternoon, telling the cab driver that his car had broken down. It was further determined that he had never spoken to a Park City Mall Security Officer as he had previously reported.
As a result of this investigation and in consultation with the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, specifically Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Blackledge, Detective Halstead charged both the husband and wife with Insurance Fraud(F-3) and Criminal Conspiracy(to commit Insurance Fraud, F-3), and the husband additionally with False Reports to Law Enforcement(M-3) and Unsworn Falsification(M-2). The charges were brought before Magisterial District Judge Mary Sponaugle and a warrant was obtained for their arrest on Wednesday August 15th. Armed with this Warrant, yesterday Detective Halstead, along with Detectives George Bonilla, James Fatta, Kurt Miller and Manuel Luciano of the Bureau of Police, with the assistance of the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department, arrested both of them at their residence without incident, shortly after 9:45 am.
They were then both conveyed to the Lancaster Police Department and later arraigned on these charges by Magisterial District Judge Sponaugle, who set bail at $100,000.00 cash for Kermanshahi and $100,000.00 unsecured for his wife(Partovi). Kermanshahi was originally committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of bail and Partovi was released. It was learned that Kermanshahi’s bail was then posted by a bail bondsman and he too was then released. Both surrendered their passports.
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As always, anyone charged with a crime is presumed innocent until and unless convicted in court.