Burholme cop charged with fraud

A po­lice of­ficer from Burholme was charged last week with in­sur­ance fraud re­lated to an Au­gust ac­ci­dent in Sum­mer­dale.

April Shaynick, 42, sur­rendered to au­thor­it­ies on Dec. 5, ac­cord­ing to the Po­lice De­part­ment and the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice.

Po­lice said a car driv­en by Shaynick col­lided with an­oth­er car on Aug. 9 at Van Kirk Street and Sum­mer­dale Av­en­ue, but she did not stop to see if the driver and pas­sen­ger of the 2003 Mazda Prot&ea­cute;g&ea­cute; were in­jured. In­stead, po­lice said, Shaynick drove to her Ox­ford Av­en­ue home and filed a false ac­ci­dent re­port with All­state In­sur­ance Co. the next day, claim­ing someone had hit her parked car. She later re­ceived $4,000 from the com­pany to pay for auto re­pairs.

Po­lice said the Mazda’s driver was taken to a hos­pit­al with a knee in­jury.

There were sev­er­al wit­nesses to the Aug. 9 ac­ci­dent, po­lice said, in­clud­ing a pizza de­liv­ery man who snapped a photo of Shaynick’s li­cense plate as she drove her 2004 Honda Civic away from the ac­ci­dent. Po­lice al­leged that Shaynick provided her in­sur­ance com­pany with a po­lice re­port that she wrote her­self.

The of­ficer was in­vest­ig­ated by the de­part­ment’s In­tern­al Af­fairs Bur­eau and the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice. In ad­di­tion to in­sur­ance fraud, Shaynick is charged with theft by de­cep­tion, tam­per­ing with pub­lic re­cords, leav­ing the scene of an ac­ci­dent with in­jur­ies, un­sworn falsi­fic­a­tions to au­thor­it­ies and false re­ports to law en­force­ment.

Shaynick is a 14-year vet­er­an of the po­lice de­part­ment, as­signed to South Phil­adelphia’s 1st dis­trict. Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Charles Ram­sey sus­pen­ded her for 30 days with the in­tent to dis­miss, po­lice stated in a news re­lease. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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