Amber Twp. man arrested at his mother’s funeral.

November 26, 2014


Jeffrey Paul Cochran, 41, of Amber Township was arrested by police as he left his mother’s burial service near Hudsonville, reported. The charges stem from Cochran pretending to be a doctor and scamming a Pennsylvania resort of more than $16,000 in charges.

Cochran, whose address according to is listed as 1529 W. Hansen Road, was arrested Nov. 12 after he drove away from his mother’s graveside service at a Jamestown Township cemetery, Pennsylvania state police told the Pittsburg Tribune-Review. He was arrested in a traffic stop a few miles from the cemetery.

Cochran is accused of accumulating $16,145 in hotel charges from the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort near Uniontown, Pa.

In a probable cause affidavit, Trooper Stephen Shurgott stated that Cochran is accused of claiming to be a Dr. Dan Reynolds when he set a reservation at the resort in mid-May.

The person claiming to be the doctor told resort staff that he was having someone come to town to interview at Uniontown Hospital as a heart surgeon. The alleged doctor said he would pay for a Jeffrey Cochran to stay at the resort.

The resort staff established a house account and Cochran checked in May 15 and left May 28, existing out a back door, after staff called the doctor’s number to obtain payment.

Resort employees told police that Cochran charged multiple items to the house account from the golf shop, restaurants and spa.

Police searched Cochran’s room at the resort and discovered his Social Security card, a copy of his birth certificate and medication prescribed to him, records show.

Cochran was arraigned Wednesday, Nov. 25, in the North Union District, Pennsylvania courtroom on charges of obtaining property by deception and obtaining services by deception or threat.

According to the Tribune-Review, Cochran also was wanted on warrants from Nebraska, involving an incident that happened months prior to the Pennsylvania incident. He allegedly posed as a doctor to secure free lodging in Lincoln. There, he stayed for 47 days, leaving without paying his $3,182 bill.

He is being lodged in jail on a $150,000 bond.

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