A Linesville area woman will serve house arrest and probation for forging a doctor's name in connection with an insurance fraud case.
Victoria Lynn Neal, 48, of 6714 Route 6, was sentenced this week by Crawford County Court of Common Pleas Judge Mark Stevens to serve a 15 1/2-month intermediate punishment sentence for forgery.
Neal was charged last year by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General with insurance fraud, theft by deception and forgery for stealing $2,003.20 through false disability insurance claims. She pleaded guilty in county court in August 2019 to the forgery count.
Neal was charged with stealing $2,003.20 from American Bankers Insurance Co. with false disability insurance claims filed in February and November 2018, according to the arrest affidavit filed in the case. Neal’s insurance policy covered payments for a loan she had with Regency Finance in the event she became disabled, according to the affidavit.
Neal forged the signature of Dr. Joseph Joseph of Hermitage and falsified dates of doctor appointments on documentation she submitted with her claims of disability resulting from Lyme disease, the affidavit said.
Neal pleaded guilty to forgery for forging the doctor’s signature.
Stevens ordered Neal to serve the first 45 days of her sentence on house arrest followed by 14 months probation. Neal also must pay $2,003.20 restitution to American Bankers Insurance Co. and pay a $150 fine plus court costs.
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