Newry resident facing insurance fraud charges
Police: Markle tried to buy policy after car accident
From Mirror staff reports
A Newry man faces felony charges after state investigators say he tried to defraud his insurance company.
Nicholas A. Markle, 28, 315 Limerick Lane, is accused of filing a fraudulent claim with his insurance company after crashing his 2003 Chevrolet Silverado into another vehicle the afternoon of Feb. 7.
According to charges filed by the state Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Section, Markle slid through a red light and smashed into a Ford F-150 pickup on West Plank Road at the Kmart traffic signal, 528 W. Plank Road, at 12:51 p.m.
He then called his insurance company to reinstate his lapsed policy at 1:14 p.m., claiming he had not been in an accident in the past three years.
Markle then filed a claim online later that same day and stated in the claim that he had called to purchase the policy about 11 a.m.
A subsequent investigation by the insurance company and state agents revealed Markle’s alleged fraud after the woman driving the F-150 said Markle told her at the time of the accident that he didn’t have insurance. Despite his request that she not call police, the woman called police.
The responding Logan Township police officer told investigators that when he arrived at the Kmart parking lot where the two drivers had parked after the crash, Markle was on the phone attempting to obtain insurance and subsequently provided the policy information to police.
When the woman tried to file a claim based on the insurance policy information she received from police at the scene, she was told by Markle’s insurance company that his policy was not in effect at the time of the crash, investigators noted in the charges.
Damage to the woman’s F-150 pickup truck totaled $4,440.65, according to the charges.
After the Logan Township officer left the scene, he also discovered the policy was not in effect, and Markle was then cited for not having insurance, as well as for failing to drive at a safe speed.
When questioned, Markle allegedly admitted he knew his insurance policy had been canceled when he crashed and had obtained a new policy with the hope it would cover the wreck. Markle allegedly admitted he didn’t tell the insurance company about the accident when asked if he had been in any crashes in the past three years.
Markle was arraigned Thursday by Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner and released on a unsecured $25,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.