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A pair of Wilmington residents were indicted Monday on two felony counts each of insurance fraud and attempted theft of more than $1,500.

Lisa Mitchell, 46, and Robert Jones, 56, were indicted by a New Castle County grand jury after an investigation by the Delaware Department of Insurance Fraud Prevention Bureau.

The indictment alleges Mitchell and Jones submitted an insurance claim related to an auto accident and, in order to facilitate the fraud, knowingly provided false and misleading statements claiming injuries with the intent to defraud for the payment of benefits.  

On June 30, 2016, both claim they pulled into a parking space in the 2200 block of Lamotte Street when another vehicle struck their vehicle rear bumper. Police were contacted and found no damage to Mitchell’s car, according to the Department of Insurance.

At the time of the alleged collision, Mitchell’s car was occupied by Robert Jones and another person, the department said. In recorded statements with the insurance company, both subjects claimed injury.

In subsequent recorded statements both provided conflicting statements and claimed that additional subjects were passengers in the vehicle and also sustained injury, the department said. 

As the investigation continued, both subjects advised the insurance company they would settle the claim for $2,000 for pain and suffering. The driver of the striking vehicle advised the collision involved a very low speed bump with no damage and there were just two occupants of claimant’s vehicle, the department said.  

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Contact Adam Duvernay at aduvernay@delawareonline.com or (302) 324-2785.

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