Brooklyn Man Arrested in WTC Fraud; Tried to Insure Destroyed Auto

April 5, 2002

New York State Insurance Superintendent Gregory V. Serio and New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly jointly announced the arrest of Everton Lewis of Brooklyn, on charges of insurance fraud and grand larceny stemming from a fraudulent claim he submitted stating that his vehicle had been destroyed in the WTC attacks on Sept. 11.

Lewis allegedly submitted a claim to Geico Insurance Company stating that his vehicle in the garage of the WTC at the time of the attacks and had been destroyed. Geico p

aid him over $38,000 on his claim. But Lewis, apparently quite satisfied with Geico’s services, then attempted to again insure the same vehicle with the same insurance company. Alerted by his action, authorities began an investigation which culminated in his arrest and the recovery of the vehicle at his residence. He faces a prison sentence of up to 14 years.

Commenting on the case, Serio stressed his department’s commitment to fight insurance fraud, stating that “After September 11th many New Yorkers felt great solace that their insurance policy was there to help them with their financial recovery. It is horrific that there are an unscrupulous few like Mr. Lewis, who unlawfully attempt to profit from the tragedy. The Department is committed to working with the NYPD and other law enforcement agencies to arrest and prosecute individuals who take advantage of this tragedy.”

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