Woman indicted for $16,000 of fraudulent insurance claims

Dover, DE   August 8, 2019 — A Wilmington woman was indicted by the New Castle County Grand Jury for insurance fraud and other felony charges. Theresa T. Milton, 44, of the 900 block of Clayton Street, was indicted on seven felony counts of insurance fraud, one felony count of theft by false pretense, and one count of falsifying business records. An Investigation by the Delaware Department of Insurance Fraud Prevention Bureau revealed that beginning on the 4th day of May, 2017, and continuing through on or about the 28th day of September, 2017, Theresa Milton submitted false claims for emergency medical services to Highmark BCBS of Delaware totaling slightly more than $16,000.  She had falsified invoices for out of network ambulance services and submitted claims for payment for those services to Highmark BCBS of Delaware.

Highmark became suspicious of one of the claims and made an inquiry to the ambulance service.  It was discovered that the claims appeared to be false, and the case was referred to the Department of Insurance Fraud Prevention Bureau for investigation.  The investigation substantiated the false claims with fictitious business records, and the indictment was issued.

Commissioner Trinidad Navarro stated, “The Fraud Unit of the Delaware Department of Insurance takes these cases seriously and actively investigates all reported cases of insurance fraud. We work closely with our partners at the Delaware Department of Justice to see these cases through, protecting consumers. A case such as this brings to light that insurance fraud costs everyone.”

If you suspect insurance fraud, you can report it by calling 302-674-7350, or email to fraud@delaware.gov.

 

The Delaware Department of Insurance protects Delawareans through regulation and education while providing oversight of the insurance industry to best serve the public.

Contact: Vince Ryan
Office: (302) 674-7303
Mobile: (302) 387-7670
Email: vince.ryan@sdelaware.gov


Wilmington Man Indicted for 2008 Murder

Work on “cold case” leads to charges

Attorney General Matt Denn announced today that a New Castle County Grand Jury has handed down an indictment against Rydell Mills, 23, of Wilmington on charges of first degree murder and other firearms charges. The indictment comes over seven years after the date of the alleged murder.

Mills is charged with the shooting death of 26-year-old Jerome “Boomer” Green on February 3, 2008. Green was walking along the 300 block of East 23rd Street with his 9-year-old daughter when he was shot and killed.

The indictment comes as a result of regular cold case reviews initiated by the Department of Justice’s Homicide Unit, and the Wilmington Police Department. Detective Michael Gifford, Detective Robert Partlow, and Sergeant Gary Tabor of the Wilmington Police Department were the lead investigators in the case, and Deputy Attorneys General Mark Denney and Ipek Medford, and paralegal Jaime Prater headed the investigation for the Department of Justice.

“We do not give up on unsolved cases,” said Attorney General Denn. “We will do anything in our power to bring some comfort and closure to the families of victims, and bring those responsible for crimes to justice. We appreciate the cooperation of the Wilmington Police in helping us bring these charges and our partnership in working together to solve cold cases.”

Mills is currently serving a two year prison sentence for dealing heroin, violation of probation, and conspiracy to commit criminal racketeering. In addition to first degree murder, he was also indicted today on two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, and reckless endangering, all arising from the February 3, 2008 incident.


Two Indictments and Arrests in Two Separate Sussex Child Deaths

The Delaware State Police and the Delaware Department of Justice have announced the indictment and arrest of two women in Sussex County believed to be responsible for the deaths of children in two separate cases. Both were indicted by a grand jury on Monday and have been arrested.

Valorie Handy, 51 of Millsboro, was indicted Monday, July 27, 2015 on one charge of Murder by Abuse or Neglect 1st Degree in the death of a 10-month old victim in her daycare in January. The case had been ruled a homicide.

On Wednesday January 28, 2015 around 2:15 p.m., troopers were dispatched to Handy’s Little Disciples daycare located at 28194 Layton-Davis Road after a 9-1-1 call was received from the home stating a 10 month old was unresponsive. Preliminary investigation suggests a daycare worker attempted to wake the 10 month old male from a nap, and upon doing so, observed the infant unresponsive. The young child was transported by EMS to Beebe Healthcare in Lewes where he was eventually pronounced dead.

On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, Handy was taken into custody near her residence and presented before the Sussex County Superior Court and was committed to Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in default of $100,000 cash bond.

Detoshia Spence, 23, of Laurel was indicted on Monday, July 27, 2015 on the following charges: Murder by Abuse or Neglect 1st degree, 2 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, 2 counts of Child Abuse 2nd, and Offensive Touching in the death of her 3-year old daughter in April.

The preliminary investigation started on Friday, April 17, 2015, at approximately 7:17 p.m., after a call was received by the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center reporting CPR in progress. The Laurel Police Department, Laurel Fire Department, and Sussex County Paramedics were dispatched to the 900 block of Daniel Street, Carvel Gardens Laurel, DE. The victim was turned over to the Division of Forensic Sciences where an autopsy was performed. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.

On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, Spence turned herself in at DSP Troop 4 and then presented before Sussex County Superior Court. She was committed to Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in default of an $111,100.00 cash bond.

“The deaths of children at the hands of those who are supposed to be caring for them are tragic and heartbreaking cases,” Attorney General Matt Denn said. “The police and prosecutors in these two cases spent months investigating the cases and reviewing evidence, including complex medical evidence about how each of these children died. I am proud of how a team of DOJ criminal prosecutors and DSP troopers in Sussex, led by Deputy Attorney General Melanie Withers, worked through these tough cases to get to these indictments.”


Kent County Man Indicted for Murder of Wife

A Kent County Grand Jury has indicted 32-year-old Cortez Hamilton on charges of first degree murder, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Hamilton is charged with the death of his wife, Keisha Hamilton, who has been missing since Jan. 10, 2015.

Hamilton, who was arrested in Indiana on Jan. 10, 2015 on charges of assault, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child was extradited back to Delaware on January 22nd, and sent to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on a $402,000 cash bond. He was indicted on the new charges Monday, April 6, 2015 following an investigation by Delaware State Police.

Hamilton’s wife, Keisha Hamilton is still missing, but prosecutors believe there is sufficient evidence to bring the murder charge.