DA: Philly cop fled crash, filed false claim

April Shaynick
December 5, 2012 3:37:13 PM PST
A Philadelphia police officer has been charged for allegedly leaving the scene of a crash then filing a false insurance claim.

April Shaynick, 42, was charged in the case that began with the crash on Van Kirk Street and Summerdale Avenue back on August 9th.

Investigators from the district attorney's office say Shaynick ran a stop sign and struck a car with two people inside. The DA's office said Shaynick fled the scene without assessing damage or seeing if anyone was injured.

As it turns out, the driver of the car that was struck suffered a knee injury and had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance.

There were multiple witnesses the crash, the DA's office said, including a pizza delivery driver who allegedly snapped a photo of Shaynick's license plate.

The next day, investigators say, Shaynick filed a false insurance claim in which she allegedly claimed her car was hit while parked in front of her house. She also provided a police report that she wrote herself, according to the DA's office.

Allstate Insurance even paid $4,000 in car repair costs, the DA said.

Shaynick is charged with Insurance Fraud, Theft by Deception, Tampering with Public Records, Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Injuries, Unsworn Falsifications to Authorities and False Reports to Law Enforcement.

Shaynick is a 14 year veteran of the department assigned to the 1st District.

Commissioner Charles Ramsey has suspended Shaynick for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.


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