Daughter of Joan Orie Melvin to enter ARD to settle insurance fraud charge

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The daughter of former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin is expected to enter a program that will allow insurance fraud charges against her to ultimately be dismissed if she completes it successfully.

Casey Melvin, 26, was charged after investigators said she lied about the date of an accident so it would be covered under her policy, which had lapsed because of nonpayment.

She is scheduled to appear before Common Pleas Judge Robert Gallo on Sept. 5 to enter the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, which generally includes a set period of probation.

Ms. Melvin crashed her car into a utility pole in a parking lot in Shaler on March 29, 2012, causing both airbags to go off in her 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. It sustained between $5,000 and $6,000 in damage, police said.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, her insurance company, Progressive, sent Ms. Melvin a notice of cancellation or refusal to renew on March 12, 2012, noting that her payment had not been received and that coverage would lapse March 28 at 12:01 a.m.

The afternoon of the accident, Ms. Melvin called and renewed the insurance coverage, paying with her credit card. She was told the policy would not become effective until March 30. Police said she then called the company on April 4, and filed a claim for the accident, claiming it occurred on March 30.

Joan Orie Melvin was found guilty of theft of services, conspiracy and missaplication of government funds in 2013. Her sentence, including three years of house arrest, has been suspended while she appeals.

Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2620. First Published August 18, 2014 12:47 PM


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