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Investigations Division

The Investigations and Narcotics Division is made up of four Units and is supervised by Deputy District Attorney Sybil Murphy, 215-686-8734, sybil.murphy@phila.gov.

The Special Investigations Unit

The Insurance Fraud Unit investigates cases referred to the Unit by insurance companies. Once a referral is received, it is assigned to one of nine investigators to review the request and investigate. The Unit has prosecuted everything from small- to large-scale Grand Jury investigations. In Commonwealth v. Mardula, et.al, the defendants used garages and auto repair shops to take and install vehicle identification numbers on cars so the defendants could then report them stolen and collect insurance money. Ten defendants were arrested and charged. Additionally, after a two year Grand Jury investigation of Commonwealth v. Cheap Auto Repair, thirty two targets were arrested and charged with Insurance Fraud, RICO, and related charges for false theft reports of vehicles which were fraudulently re-plated using salvage titles and vehicle identification numbers.

Insurance Fraud Unit

The Insurance Fraud Unit investigates cases referred to the Unit by insurance companies. Once a referral is received, it is assigned to one of nine investigators to review the request and investigate. The Unit has prosecuted everything from small- to large-scale Grand Jury investigations. In Commonwealth v. Mardula, et.al, the defendants used garages and auto repair shops to take and install vehicle identification numbers on cars so the defendants could then report them stolen and collect insurance money. Ten defendants were arrested and charged. Additionally, after a two year Grand Jury investigation of Commonwealth v. Cheap Auto Repair, thirty two targets were arrested and charged with Insurance Fraud, RICO, and related charges for false theft reports of vehicles which were fraudulently re-plated using salvage titles and vehicle identification numbers.

To report insurance fraud report insurance fraud call 215-686-8753

The Chief of the Insurance Fraud Unit is Yvonne Ruiz, 215-686-8723, yvonne.ruiz@phila.gov.

To contact the Detective assigned to this Unit: 215-686-8729 or IFU_DA@phila.gov

Dangerous Drug Offenders Unit

The Dangerous Drug Offender Unit investigates and prosecutes drug dealers and their organizations. The Unit works in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency and other federal agencies. The Assistant District Attorneys assigned to this Unit are specially trained and frequently cross-designated as Special Assistant United States Attorneys while the Unit’s Detectives are often cross-deputized as federal agents.

The Chief of the Dangerous Drug Offenders Unit is Melissa Francis, 215-686-5861, melissa.francis@phila.gov.

To contact the Detective assigned to this Unit: 215-686-5859,5837 or DDOUtech@Phila.gov

Economic and Cyber Crime Unit

The Economic & Cyber Crime Unit (ECCU) is staffed by three Assistant District Attorneys and two police officers. The Unit investigates complex, multiple defendant, or multiple victim white collar crimes. For example, embezzlements, counterfeit check schemes, organized identity theft, home improvement schemes, scams against the elderly, abuse of power of attorney, fraudulent investment, certain forged deed cases, and real estate and loan fraud. In the past six years, ECCU’s work has resulted in restitution awards of more than $8 million.

The Chief of the Economic and Cyber Crime Unit is Lisa Caulfield, 215-686-9902, lisa.caulfield@phila.gov.

To contact the Detective assigned to this Unit: 215-686-9905 or SIU_DA@phila.gov