Monday, February 8, 2016

Woman accused of insurance fraud

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GARY — A 31-year-old woman is accused of committing insurance fraud after police noticed her vehicle's parts appeared to belong to a car she had previously reported stolen, according to court records.

Davisha D. Wiley, of Gary and Lake Station, was charged Tuesday with insurance fraud, auto theft and false informing. She was released Friday from Lake County Jail after posting a $3,000 bail.
Wiley reported on April 13, 2015, that her black 2005 Chrysler 300 was stolen while she was sleeping at a relative's home in the 500 block of Van Buren Street in Gary. According to the affidavit, State Farm Insurance gave her a $10,352.23 check about a month after the vehicle was reported stolen.

During an unrelated investigation in August, officers were searching a home in the 4200 block of Jennings Street in Gary when they came across a 2005 Dodge Magnum car parked at the residence. Wiley told police the Dodge Magnum was her car.

According to the affidavit, the Magnum's fenders, grill and hood looked as though it belonged to a Chrysler 300. After obtaining a search warrant, police discovered the engine and transmission of the Magnum were actually parts belonging to a 2005 Chrysler 300.

Detectives believe the interior of the Chrysler 300 was also placed in the Magnum, because there were multiple logos for Chrysler in the interior of the Dodge Magnum, according to the affidavit.

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