Second Towamencin Insurance Fraud Suspect Arrested
Sterling Dustin Hall Jr., 33, of Morgandale, was arrested by Montgomery Township Police at his place of employment
The second suspect, pegged as a conspirator, in an alleged Towamencin Township vehicle insurance fraud scheme was arrested Saturday by Montgomery Township Police at his place of employment.
Sterling Dustin Hall Jr., 33, of the 1000 block of Winfield Court in Morgandale, was arrested Dec. 8 at his job on the 200 block of DeKalb Pike in Montgomery Township on a warrant issued by Towamencin Police, police said.
Hall Jr. is charged with felony criminal conspiracy to file a fraudulent or false insurance claim and misdemeanor tampering with evidence, according to court records.
Hall Jr. was arraigned by District Judge William I. Maruszczak in King of Prussia, who set bail at $10,000 unsecured, police said. Hall was released from custody.
A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 31 at 2:45 p.m.
Police said Crotzer allegedly filed a false claim that his vehicle was stolen, and Hall was involved in the conspiracy.
On Nov. 8, Crotzer allegedly reported to police that his $42,000 2011 Infiniti G-37 sedan was stolen from a parking spot at his home in Towamencin Condominiums, police said. Crotzer told police his car was locked and he had both sets of keys, police said. There were no signs of forced entry into a vehicle observed at the scene, police said.
The Infiniti was financed and insured, and a claim for a stolen vehicle was made, police said.
The car was financed for more than its current value and gap insurance had also been purchased, police said. If a loss occurs, gap insurance will pay the difference between the actual case value of a vehicle and the current outstanding loan balance.
Through an investigation, police learned that Crotzer allegedly asked Hall for assistance with the fraud, police said.
Police said Hall allegedly allowed Crotzer to hide his car in Hall’s garage at Morgandale.
An alleged agreement was Hall would dispose of the Infiniti and keep whatever money he could get from it, police said. Crotzer would then be free from financing from the insurance coverage, police said.
Crotzer allegedly relocated the Infiniti from Hall’s garage to another location in Morgandale, police said. It was at this location where police recovered the vehicle.
This is Hall’s tenth criminal offense in Montgomery County since 1998, according to court records. Of those 10, six were heard at the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.
Hall pleaded guilty to and was convicted of statutory rape at age 21 in June 2001, from an incident that occurred in October 2000 in Towamencin, according to court records. He was sentenced to a maximum of three years in prison.