Man faces charges in fraud, theft

 

A Cecil Township man was arraigned Thursday on charges filed by a special agent with the state attorney general’s office for allegedly making a false insurance claim last August.

Jason Walker Rubin, 35, of 1400 Main St., was arraigned before District Judge David Mark on charges of insurance fraud and theft by deception.

An investigator with Nationwide Insurance contacted the attorney general’s office after Rubin made a claim that a power surge at his apartment damaged 16 items of electronic equipment, doing $9,471 in damage. Rubin reportedly discarded the items before an inspection could be done by the insurance company.

Rubin reportedly provided receipts for the electronics equipment and for the cost of an electrician to inspect the apartment after the alleged incident. All receipts and invoices were determined to be fraudulent, according to court documents.

A manager at the apartment complex in Southpointe told the agent that Rubin had contacted them on several occasions about various problems but never reported a power surge. A maintenance manager who had been in Rubin’s apartment to make repairs was shown a photograph of the items reportedly damaged and told the agent that he did not recall seeing such an elaborate set-up.

Rubin, who was released on $25,000 unsecured bond, faces a June 29 preliminary hearing before District Judge Traci McDonald. That is not the only court date Rubin faces in the coming month. Mt. Lebanon police charged him Tuesday with indecent assault and indecent exposure stemming from a June 10 incident. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 19 in that case.

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