May 8, 2015

Dallas Home Builder Sentenced to 24 Months in Federal Prison and Ordered to Pay More Than $250,000 in Restitution for Defrauding Insurance Companies

DALLAS—A residential homebuilder, who operated under the name of Park Cities Development, Inc., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn, announced Acting U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Edward Adrian Abraham, 56, most recently of Dallas, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $252,078 in restitution. He pleaded guilty in April 2014 to one count of wire fraud, and he has been in custody since his arrest on related charges outlined in a federal indictment returned by a grand jury in Dallas in January 2014.

According to documents filed in the case, from February 2009 through at least July 2009, Abraham devised and executed a scheme to defraud insurance companies in connection with fraudulent insurance claims based on false claims of building materials allegedly stolen from two residential job sites in Dallas—one on Amherst Avenue and one on Drane Drive.

As part of his scheme, Abraham filed false police reports to support the fraudulent insurance claims, and he caused false and fraudulent invoices to be fabricated and faxed to insurance companies to support the claims. Abraham admitted that no building materials were stolen from either location. Because of the false and fraudulent invoices, he received $247,078 in proceeds from the insurance companies.

The FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Nicholas Bunch prosecuted.