Friday, February 12, 2016

Middletown woman sentenced for arson, insurance scam

Katharine Davis 36, of Middletown, Delaware County is sentenced for setting fire to her Honda Accord for insurance money. Problem is, her neighbors were watching.

Middletown woman sentenced for arson, insurance scam

0 comments
Davis
Davis

If anything, Katharine Davis has provided a valuable lesson in how not to conduct insurance fraud.

The 36-year-old Middletown woman was sentenced this week to 14 to 28 months in jail for torching her Honda Accord then calling her insurance company to report the fire, according to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.

Poor execution all around.

First mistake: Davis' neighbors at the Glen Riddle Apartments saw her taking a hammer to the car's rear window at 4 p.m. the day before the fire, according to the arrest report.

Second mistake: Neighbors saw Davis around the Honda at 5 a.m. the next morning. Then it  started smoking before she made it back to her apartment. Then it became engulfed in flames.

At least she didn't leave a trail of beer cans with her DNA on it, like another bumbling arsonist from Pennsylvania in the news this week.

Davis, who seems to have a Downton Abbey thing going on in her mug shot, elected for a jury trial in Media, which did not work out so well for her. She was convicted of insurance fraud, arson, and filing a false report.

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
In The Daily Delco blog, Daily News reporters William Bender and Stephanie Farr dig up all the dirt - from crazy crimes to political malfeasance and everything in between - in Delaware County.

E-mail tips to Bender at benderw@phillynews.com or call him at 215-964-2099. Follow him on Twitter: @wbender99

E-mail tips to Farr at farrs@phillynews.com or call her at 215-854-4225. Follow her on Twitter: @farfarraway

William Bender and Stephanie Farr
Also on Philly.com
letter icon Newsletter