Off-Duty Police Officer & Wife Indicted for False Accident Report Following Crash

Modified: June 25, 2020 3:08pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 37-year-old Howard M. Scholl, III of Town of Tonawanda has been arraigned before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan on an indictment charging him with one count of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a Class “E” felony, and one count of Insurance Fraud in the Fifth Degree, a Class “A” misdemeanor.

The defendant’s wife, 35-year-old Aimee L. Scholl, was also arraigned on an indictment charging her with one count of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree.

It is alleged that on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at approximately 11:50 p.m., Howard Scholl was driving a SUV on Englewood Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda when he struck another vehicle. His wife, Aimee, was seated in the passenger seat. The defendants are alleged to have misled the responding officers about who was driving in order to conceal that Howard Scholl had been drinking prior to the accident and was driving under the influence of alcohol, resulting in a false accident report. It is further alleged that Howard Scholl called his insurance provider and falsely stated that his wife was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the collision.

Howard Scholl is an officer with the Town of Tonawanda Police Department who was off-duty at the time of the alleged incident.

Both defendants are scheduled to return on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. for a pre-trial conference. They remain released on their own recognizance.

The case is being prosecuted by Bureau Chief Candace K. Vogel of the DA’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions (SIP) Unit and Assistant District Attorney James M. Marra of the DA’s Felony Trials Bureau.

 As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.