Duryea officer accused of insurance fraud

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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OLD FORGE — A ranking police officer in Duryea Borough was charged Friday with providing false information about a vehicle crash to an insurance company.

Old Forge police allege Michael Rosemellia, 33, of Duryea, claimed his mother-in-law was driving his 2017 Acura when his wife, Michelle Rosemellia, wrecked the vehicle on May 18, according to charges filed.

Police in Old Forge allege Michelle Rosemellia’s driving privileges were suspended due to a previous drunken driving conviction and revoked by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation due to a medical issue.

Michael Rosemellia was arraigned on charges of filing a false insurance claim, a third-degree felony, and official oppression, a second-degree misdemeanor. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

Duryea Mayor Keith Moss said Monday Michael Rosemellia has been suspended with pay.

Michael Rosemellia was promoted to sergeant in October. He has been an officer in Duryea for nearly 10 years.

According to the criminal complaint:

Old Forge police said a two vehicle crash occurred on South Main Street involving a 2017 Acura, solely owned by Michael Rosemellia, and a vehicle driven by Lawrence Papi.

Police allege Michelle Rosemellia was driving the Acura at the time of the crash and instead of calling 911, she called her husband who responded to the scene.

Michael Rosemellia was off-duty when he arrived and allegedly showed his police badge to Papi.

Michael Rosemellia claimed since there were no injuries, he had his wife and Papi exchange insurance information.

Police in Old Forge allege Michael Rosemellia filed a claim with Erie Insurance reporting his mother-in-law, Judy Wroblewski, was driving his vehicle. The insurance agency sent Michael Rosemellia a $3,686 check on June 25.

Judy Wroblewski allegedly gave a statement to Erie Insurance she was the driver and had no passengers in the vehicle.

Old Forge police questioned Michael Rosemellia who claimed he did not know his wife’s driver’s license was suspended and revoked.

Police also questioned Papi, who described the woman driver as being in her 30s and wore a “Old Forge Manor” shirt. When Papi was shown a picture of Wroblewski, he claimed she was not the driver of the Acura at the time of the crash.

Police said Michelle Rosemellia is employed at Old Forge Manor.

Papi also claimed Michael Rosemellia showed him a police badge and he identified himself as a police officer.

A review of online court records did not return any charges against Michelle Rosemellia and Judy Wroblewski.

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By Ed Lewis

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