FOP Lodge Alleges Insurance Carrier Failed To Reimburse Stolen Money

November 29, 2018

HANOVER TWP. — The social club and bar run by the union representing local cops has filed a federal lawsuit alleging its insurance carrier has failed to reimburse stolen money.

The lawsuit brought by the Fraternal Order of Police, Wyoming Valley Lodge 36, alleges Charlotte-based Selective Insurance Co. of the Southeast/Stock Insurance Co. has breached its contract by failing to fulfill an insurance claim filed on March 1, 2016.

The complaint, filed by Scranton attorney Michael R. Mey, said the lodge reported the theft as well as a property damage claim. The lawsuit does not specify the amount, saying only that “the specifics of which are in the possession of defendant.”

According to the suit, Selective denied the theft claim in an April 25, 2017, letter, despite the fact lodge leaders cooperated with the carrier and provided the required information.

The lawsuit is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, including money to cover the loss as well as legal fees and punitive damages.

Lodge President Joe Mangan deferred comment to Mey, who did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

In an interview with The Citizens’ Voice in October 2017, Mangan said the suspected theft came to light in February 2016 when the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement conducted a routine inspection of the books for the social club at 200 E. Division St.

Investigators initially discovered several thousands of dollars of bingo money was missing, and an audit determined at least $12,000 had been taken, he said at the time.

Pennsylvania State Police previously confirmed they were investigating the theft, but no charges have yet been filed.

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