A Towamencin man turned himself into police, and another resident remains at large, on charges of felony insurance fraud in the township.
Ian Jared Crotzer, 30, of the 100 block of Monroe Drive, Towamencin, in the Towamencin Condominiums development, turned himself into Towamencin Township Police on November 29, police said.
Sterling Dustin Hall Jr., 33, aka Dawson Mullin, is wanted by police and his current whereabouts are unknown, police said. Hall Jr. had a last known address of the 1000 block of Winfield Court in Morgandale in Towamencin.
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.
Crotzer was arraigned Nov. 29 and a preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 31, 2013 at 2:45 p.m. before District Judge Harold Borek, according to court records. Bail for Crotzer was set at $5,000 unsecured.
Crotzer is charged with the following:
- Felony Filing a False/Fraudulent/Incomplete Insurance Claim
- Felony Conspiracy to File a False Insurance Claim
- Misdemeanor Tampering with Evidence
- Misdemeanor Filing False Reports on an Offense that Did Not Occur
Hall is charged with the following:
- Felony Conspiracy to File a False/Fraudulent/Incomplete Insurance Claim
- Misdemeanor Tampering With Evidence
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 , 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.
If you know the whereabouts of Sterling Dustin Hall Jr., contact police at 215-368-7606 or 215-368-7600.
This is Crotzer’s first criminal offense in Montgomery County.
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.