When Samiha Guirguis, 59, claimed a Philadelphia department store lost the beloved mink coat she placed in storage in 2005, she forgot one crucial detail: Her name was monogrammed inside it.
At the time, Guirguis received a receipt from the store showing that the coat was valued at $1,000, according to a complaint filed by the state's attorney general. She allegedly returned to retrieve the coat four years later and not only claimed that it wasn't hers but that the original coat was worth $10,000.
From the state's complaint: "Guirguis made a claim for her fur coat under her homeowner's policy. The charges state that Guirguis denied having made any prior claims in connection with the coat and reported that she had paid $10,388 for the coat. However, the investigation revealed that in 2001 Guirguis had accused another fur-storage facility of substituting a lesser-value coat for her fur."
In June, she was charged with two counts of criminal attempt/theft by deception, one count of forgery and one count of insurance fraud.