Cop busted for fleeing accident scene, filing false claim

April Shaynick is a 14-year veteran

A city police officer is in hot water after allegedly fleeing the scene of a traffic accident, then filing a bogus insurance claim for the damages.

Prosecutors said April Shaynick, 42, was driving her 2004 Honda Civic near Van Kirk Street and Summerdale Avenue on Aug. 9 when she ran a stop sign and struck an occupied 2003 Mazda Protege.

The driver of the Mazda had to be taken to a hospital for a knee injury, but Shaynick allegedly drove off without stopping. A pizza delivery driver was able to snap a photo of her license plate.

Prosecutors further claim Shaynick told her insurance company her car was struck while parked outside her home, and submitted a false police report she had written. The insurance company paid her $4,000 for the repairs before discovering the ruse.

Shaynick surrendered to police today is scheduled to be arraigned on charges of insurance fraud, theft by deception, tampering with public record, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and related offenses.

A 14-year veteran assigned to the 1st District, Shaynick has been suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.



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