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Couple in Pennsylvania accused of faking two home burglaries

March 26, 2014, Erie, PA — An Erie couple face felony fraud and other charges after police accused them of making up two burglary reports and attempting to defraud their insurance company over the summer.

Michael Whitcomb, 23, and Elizabeth Whitcomb, 24, are free on $1,000 unsecured bond today after they were arraigned Tuesday night by Erie 3rd Ward District Judge Tom Carney on felony counts of insurance fraud, conspiracy and theft by deception, and on a misdemeanor count of false reports.

Police accuse the Whitcombs of reporting the loss of numerous items in a burglary at their residence in the 800 block of East 23rd Street on June 7 and receiving an insurance payout of more than $13,000; and reporting the loss of more items in a burglary at their residence on July 5 and submitting an insurance claim of more than $26,000, when an investigation determined that neither burglary happened.

Police said items reported stolen in both burglaries were later seen in their residence, according to the affidavit of probable cause that Erie police Lt. Dan Spizarny filed with the criminal complaints.


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