Philadelphia Claims Adjuster Charged With Stealing $700K

December 16, 2013

A Philadelphia insurance adjuster has been jailed on charges he stole more than $700,000 from 29 successful claims made by people in the suburbs, including 10 stemming from property damage caused by Hurricane Sandy last year.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman says 70-year-old Marshal Perlman stole the money while operating a claims service called Claimstar Inc. in Lower Merion.

She says Perlman forced his clients’ signatures on settlement checks so he could deposit them in his bank account. During the alleged scheme, which began in September 2010, Perlman bought and renovated a condominium and went on a luxury vacation.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Perlman who remained in the county jail on Dec 13.

He faces a preliminary hearing this week on 215 counts of theft and related charges.


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  • December 18, 2013 at 10:18 am
    Hmmmph! says:
    The public adjuster scares the insured into thinking the insurance company is not in the business of paying claims and that they will get ripped off the the company. A public ... read more
  • December 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm
    Huh! says:
    Hope he enjoyed that's doubtful he will ever get another one. Our society is teaching us "Bigger is better." rather than "Honesty is the best policy.". We nee... read more
  • December 16, 2013 at 5:59 pm
    DG says:
    He worked for Claimstar which is a public adjustment firm in the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Area.
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