Pa. Man Nabbed in Identity Theft Scam

August 2, 2005

Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett announced that agents from the Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Section have charged a Philadelphia man in connection with an identity theft and insurance fraud scam that totaled more than $144,000. Corbett identified the defendant as Daniel Sullivan, 51.

According to the criminal charges, Sullivan allegedly used another individual’s name and health insurance information to obtain medical care at five different hospitals in Philadelphia, Chester and Berks counties, as well as in New Jersey.

Corbett said that Sullivan allegedly posed as “David Richardson,” repeatedly using Richardson’s name and medical insurance information without Richardson’s knowledge or permission.

The charges state that Sullivan used Richardson’s identity to receive treatment at Hahnemann Hospital, Philadelphia; Chester County Hospital, West Chester; Reading Hospital, Reading; Princeton Health Care System, Princeton, New Jersey and John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Newark, New Jersey. The total bill for treatment at those five hospitals was $144,330.

Corbett said the hospital bills were submitted to Aetna Insurance, of Blue Bell, Montgomery County, which provided medical insurance coverage for Richardson. Aetna paid a portion of those claims, totaling $56,230 before halting payments and contacting the Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Section.

Sullivan is charged with five counts of insurance fraud, four counts of attempt to commit theft by deception, four counts of theft by deception, three counts of theft of services, three counts of identity theft and two counts of forgery.

Corbett said that Sullivan is currently incarcerated at the State Correctional Institute in Mercer, Mercer County, on unrelated charges.

Sullivan was arraigned by video link on July 28, before Blue Bell Magisterial District Judge John Murray, III. Bail was set at $50,000 cash. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Aug. 3, before Judge Murray.

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