Many Pennsylvania residents are familiar with the Bucks County Playhouse, an historic theater that sits along the Delaware River. A former owner of the theater was accused of fraud in relation to multiple insurance claims. In a recent court appearance, the man was found guilty of mail fraud and money laundering, and he now awaits sentencing in the matter.
The man was the owner of the Bucks County Playhouse for nearly three decades. When a storm caused flood damage to the property in 2006, he made insurance claims to cover the cost of repairs. In the charges against him, he was accused of submitting false invoices for emergency repair work and electric lighting equipment. The mail fraud charges were in relation to fraudulent theft claims that were made in regard to another theater in the Poconos.
The man's trial lasted nearly a week, and it took jurors more than 21 hours to return a guilty verdict in the case. The ramifications will not be fully known until sentencing. At that time, the former theater owner could receive a sentence nearing 30 years in prison.
Making an insurance claim can be a tricky process, and requires proper documentation and an unwavering attention to detail. For Pennsylvania business owners who are accused of fraud in relation to such claims, it is important to take an aggressive legal stance. When there is not sufficient documentation to accompany an insurance claim, defending one's position requires a great deal of skill, combined with a comprehensive understanding of the law.
Source: philly.com, "Former Bucks County Playhouse owner guilty of money laundering and fraud", Chris Palmer, May 30, 2015