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OFF BEAT: Cop's alleged fraud foiled by pizza delivery driver


An eagle-eyed eyewitness has foiled an off-duty cop’s alleged scheme to commit insurance fraud.

Philadelphia police officer April Shaynick was arrested on charges including insurance fraud, leaving the scene of an accident and conspiracy this month. Prosecutors allege that Ms. Shaynick’s 2004 Honda Civic was involved in a hit-and-run accident with a 2003 Mazda Protégé on Aug. 9. According to the complaint, Ms. Shaynick fled the scene after the collision and subsequently filed an insurance claim with Allstate Insurance Co. the next day, claiming that her car was parked on the street outside her home when it was struck.

The keystone cop’s scheme was ultimately undone by a pizza delivery driver who witnessed the accident was able snap a photo of Ms. Shaynick’s license plate as she fled.

According to press reports, the Philadelphia Police Department has suspended Ms. Shaynick, a 14-year veteran of the force, for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.