Woman Busted for Insurance Fraud After Collecting Claim Money on a Stolen Car that She Pawned

A Greenacres woman was arrested for insurance fraud involving her car that she reported stolen in 2012.

Palm Beach County court records show that Lindela Edmonds faces charges of insurance fraud and making a false report of a non-existent crime.  She was arrested on January 15.

According to West Palm Beach police, the 44-year old Edmonds pawned her 2007 Toyota Camry at the pawn shop, Queen of Pawns, on February 17, 2012 and received $5,500 for the transaction. The next day, she went to the police and reported her car stolen from a parking lot in the 3100 block of N. Jog Road.

After filing the police report, she filed a loss of vehicle claim with GEICO and collected $12,326 from the insurance company.  But that isn’t the end of the story.

The Queen of Pawns wanted to sell the car because Edmonds had not returned for it a year later.  It was then that police discovered the vehicle was listed as stolen. The pawn transaction receipt is dated the day before Edmonds reported her car stolen, along with a copy of her driver’s license and thumb print.

In addition, the notarized insurance claim is signed by Edmonds. Ironically, her signature appears beneath a warning: “anybody who knowingly defrauds an insurer by using false information is guilty of a felony in the third degree,” the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Edmonds was booked at the Palm Beach County Jail on January 16 and released on $3,000 bond.

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