Fraud News

Rescission Decision Averts $43M in Damages in California Case

Attorneys representing Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. averting what could have been a $43 million payout in damages this week characterized the California court case a cautionary tale for insurers. The case is Heide Kurtz v. Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., et al., and …

Southern California Agent Sentenced For Ponzi Scheme

Michael Zuno Zuniga, 43, of Fullerton, was sentenced to five years in Los Angeles County Jail and ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution for his participation in a Ponzi scheme targeting Los Angeles area seniors. Zuniga was arrested in …

Iowa Revokes Insurance, Securities Licenses of Illinois Producer

Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart has revoked the insurance producer license and securities agent license of Deanna R. McClean of Rock Island, Ill., state insurance regulators announced. McClean is also permanently barred from reapplying for those licenses or applying for …

Texas Insurance Agent Sentenced to 4 Years for Premium Theft

A Houston-area insurance agent whose company included the word “integrity” in its name has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing from about 40 clients. A judge in Galveston sentenced Christopher Vernon Murphy in a plea agreement and …

Mass. Biz Owner Charged in Connection With Workers’ Comp Fraud

Massachusetts Attorney General’s office announced a Lowell, Mass., businessman has been indicted on charges he failed to accurately report his total payroll and number of employees and understated the number of jobs associated with his business to avoid paying thousands …

North Carolina Motorist Arrested for Alleged Auto Insurance Fraud

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced Wednesday the arrest of Tenquisha Shancaza Durham of Gastonia, N.C. She was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense. North Carolina’s Department of Insurance criminal investigators …

Archdiocese In Washington Says Data Breach May Lead To Fraud

The Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle says some employees and volunteers may be victims of national tax refund fraud because of a data breach. The Seattle Times reported that the archdiocese posted a notice about the problem Monday on its website. Archdiocese officials …

Son of New Yorker Who Faked Death in Insurance Scam Gets 1 Year in Jail

A suburban New York man who admitted helping his father fake his own drowning in a life insurance scam has been sentenced to a year in jail. Jonathan Roth of Massapequa, N.Y., apologized in court Tuesday. He admitted helping Raymond …

Nevada Insurance Fraud Trial Begins For County Analyst

Trial has begun in federal court in Las Vegas for a 49-year-old senior Clark County human resources analyst accused of conspiring with a dead former judge to steal $824,000 from an auto insurance company. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that …

N.Y. Orthopedist Sentenced to 8 Years in LIRR Fraud Case

An orthopedist has been sentenced to eight years in prison for scheming to help New York’s Long Island Rail Road employees receive disability payments by exaggerating or making up ailments. Dr. Peter Lesniewski was sentenced on Feb. 21 in Manhattan …