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Woman arrested for insurance scam

Courtney Astolfi • Jul 7, 2014 at 1:00 PM

A Sandusky woman was indicted for her alleged role in a fraudulent automobile insurance claim scene.

Chastity Hodgkinson, 24, of the 900 block of Perry St., was indicted and arrested last month on charges of complicity to commit insurance fraud, complicity to obstruction and perjury.

Hodgkinson allegedly helped stage a May 16, 2013 car accident in the parking lot of the New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church on Shelby Street, Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter said.

Hodgkinson and one man allegedly conspired in the crash: they drove a vehicle into two parked motorcycles, officials said. 

Those motorcycles belonged to a second man, and it was his insurance company, Geico, that caught on to the group's scheme.

According to Baxter and Erie County assistant prosecutor Aaron Lindsey, Geico had received an excessive amount of claims from the motorcycle-owner.

That ultimately led investigators back to Hodgkinson, as she was the driver operating the vehicle in the May 2013 crash, Baxter said.

Had the group succeeded in their scam, the insurance pay-out for the bikes would have totaled about $4,600. Meanwhile, the vehicle damage was valued at $1,300.

Hodgkinson's legal troubles deepened a few months after the crash, in July 2013. She testified under oath at the Erie County Law Library regarding the validity of the insurance claim, Baxter said.

The two other men involved—the bike owner and the one who allegedly helped Hodgkinson execute the crash—have not been charged or arrested in the case.

Hodgkinson is being held at the Erie County jail on $25,000 bond.

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