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Ohio Man Sentenced for Theft in $9,000 Insurance Fraud Case

Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced that Cleveland resident John Deskins was sentenced to two years of probation in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court for theft in an insurance fraud case. Evidence gathered by the …

Heyroth Promoted to VP–Sales at SECURA

Appleton, Wis.-based SECURA Insurance has promoted Tim Heyroth to the newly created position of vice president–sales. Heyroth, who has been with SECURA for more than 17 years, will be responsible for developing and implementing sales strategies for property and casualty …

Wisconsin’s M3 Insurance Expands Management Team

Wisconsin-based M3 Insurance announced the expansion of its management team. Inge Lindeque joins M3 as director of sales – employee benefits, and Brian Meyer is the new director of risk management – employee benefits. Additionally, Tim Cleary and Nezih Hasanoglu …

Ohio Woman Must Repay $32K in Workers’ Comp Benefits

An Ohio woman was ordered to repay more than $32,000 in connection with working while collecting workplace injury benefits. Laura Brown pleaded guilty April 9 in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to workers’ compensation fraud, a fifth-degree felony. “Ms. …

550 Cited in Minnesota for Texting While Driving

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says law enforcement officers across Minnesota cited 550 people for texting while driving during a recent 10-day crackdown on distracted driving. The enhanced enforcement campaign by more than 400 departments this month also netted …

Ohio Employers to Share $1.2B Workers’ Comp Premium Credit

Ohio private employers and local governments will soon receive a credit on their workers’ compensation bills totaling $1.2 billion, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) announced. The credit approved by the BWC board of directors will allow the transition …

Iowa Insurance Regulators Investigating Agency Accused of Overbilling

Iowa regulators are investigating an insurance agency accused of overbilling thousands of government employees for health care coverage. The Iowa Insurance Division is focused on Two Rivers Insurance Co. The agency had been acting as an independent agent selling insurance …

Indiana Body Shops Sue Insurers over Compensation for Vehicle Repairs

Indiana body shops and auto insurers are on a collision course over repair compensation practices, a dispute that could cost millions of dollars to patch up. In a federal lawsuit, 14 Indiana shops accuse State Farm Insurance and competitors of …

Feds Widen Probe Into North Dakota Brothers’ Alleged Crop Insurance Scam

Federal authorities have expanded the scope of their investigation into two brothers from North Dakota accused of intentionally destroying potatoes to collect crop insurance payments. The original indictment alleged that Aaron Johnson, 50, and Derek Johnson, 47, and their company, …

Farrell Promoted to Surety Underwriter at Michigan’s J.M. Wilson

Portage Mich.-based managing general agency and surplus lines insurance broker, J.M. Wilson, has promoted Stephanie Farrell to surety underwriter. Farrell will be responsible for underwriting commercial and fidelity bonds for new and renewal business. In addition, she will review submissions …

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