A Berks County woman and her son were arrested Tuesday for allegedly pawning jewelry that they later reported stolen.
The suspects were identified by Attorney General Kathleen Kane as Kim Morrissey, 54, of Ontelaunee Township, and her son, Jason Egan, 31, of Birdsboro.
Morrissey told her husband in September 2010 that all of the jewelry she took on a vacation to Florida trip had been stolen from her hotel room, according to the criminal complaint.
Morrissey provided statements to Donegal Insurance Group, as well as the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, claiming to have lost numerous bracelets, charms, earrings, necklaces, and rings valued at more than $4,000, investigators said.
Morrissey and Egan, who was also in Florida at the time, actually pawned the jewelry in Florida in order to pay hotel and other expenses, officials said.
Pawn records maintained under Florida law confirm that both Morrissey and Egan pawned numerous items of jewelry at several pawn shops, officials said.
Donegal Insurance Group ultimately denied the claim.
Morrissey was charged with two counts each of insurance fraud and false reports to law enforcement authorities and one count each of criminal attempt – theft by deception and criminal conspiracy – theft by deception.
Egan was charged with two counts of insurance fraud and one count each of criminal attempt – theft by deception and one count of criminal conspiracy – theft by deception.