York County, PA – A former Baltimore police officer accused of faking her death in an effort to escape charges that she lied about being sexually assaulted by a Pennsylvania state trooper has been arrested on new theft charges, according to police.
Oksana Olkesandrivna Brown, 47, was initially charged with a theft offense in 2018, after she stole $30 worth of items from a Walmart store in Shrewsbury Township, according to the Daily Voice.
She was sentenced to two years on probation and 50 hours of community service.
After being arrested by a Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) trooper on an outstanding warrant tied to that case, Brown alleged the trooper sexually assaulted her after taking her into custody, the Daily Voice reported.
Dashcam footage of the encounter allegedly showed the trooper did nothing of the sort, and Brown was subsequently charged with unsworn falsification to authorities and filing a false report of an assault.
The new charges came less than one month after she was sentenced to two years of probation for the theft conviction, the Daily Voice reported.
York County detectives said Brown cooked up a plan with her husband and son to fake her own death to collect on a life insurance policy and to avoid going to trial for allegedly lying to police about the supposed sexual assault, according to the York Daily Record.
Brown took out accidental death and dismemberment and term life insurance policies from Assurity Life Insurance Co., Gerber Life Insurance, and CUNA Mutual Group in 2018 and 2019 for a total amount of $750,000, according to investigators.
Then, while still on probation for the initial theft charge, she boarded a flight from Washington Dulles International Airport on Sept. 28, 2019, and headed to Kyiv, Ukraine, the York Daily Record reported.
Detectives said Brown’s husband notified the U.S. Department of State that his wife died in Ukraine on Oct. 27, 2019, due to “poisoning by unknown substance.”
A death certificate was subsequently issued and Brown was supposedly laid to rest in Ukraine, the Daily Voice reported.
According to police, Brown’s husband and son were fully aware she was still alive, but they still began their attempts to cash in on the life insurance policies, the York Daily Record reported.
They halted those efforts after an insurance examiner uncovered records of Brown’s pending criminal charges and her status on probation, according to the Daily Voice.
Brown’s attorney told the York County District Attorney that his client was still alive just days later, although it is unclear how the lawyer came to this conclusion.
Brown then emailed the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine to have her passport reinstated, at which point prosecutors refiled charges against her in connection with the false sexual assault allegations, the Daily Voice reported.
Brown retuned to the U.S. in 2020 and was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to the York Daily Record.
She was extradited to York County, but was later released from jail under unknown circumstances, according to the Daily Voice.
Brown is scheduled to appear on the falsely reported sexual assault charges on June 7.
But on April 12, she allegedly broke the law again by stealing $154.86 worth of items from a Lowe’s store in West Manchester Township, the Daily Voice reported.
Brown was arrested for that offense and was booked into the York County Prison, but she was released on April 19 after posting $15,000 bail.
She is scheduled to appear in court on the latest theft charge on June 6, the Daily Voice reported.
Brown worked as a Baltimore City police officer trainee from October of 2010 until June of 2011, the Daily Voice reported.
The circumstances under which she left her employment at the police department are unclear.
Brown’s husband, 52-year-old Paul Brown, and her son, 27-year-old Anatoliy Brown, have both been charged with criminal conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and insurance fraud, according to the York Daily Record.