Attorney General announces 43 charged with insurance fraud

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Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office announced on Wednesday that 43 people, including two from the Erie area, have been charged with insurance fraud.

Erin Weckerly, 26, of Franklin, is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and criminal attempt to commit theft by deception.

Weckerly called Safe Auto Insurance to obtain automobile coverage on the same day she filed a claim related to a two-vehicle accident.

Investigators said the accident occurred before Weckerly made the call to obtain the policy.

Weckerly’s bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.

Sandra Butler, 56, of Cochranton, is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and criminal attempt to commit theft by deception.

Butler reportedly attempted to file a claim with her automobile insurance provider, AllState, following a accident that she was involved in during December.

Butler filed two claims about two weeks apart in which she alleged the same facts in both claims.

Butler was released on her own recognizance, according to the press release.

The charges were part of a June sweep conducted by the Insurance Fraud Section. 

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