Insurance Journal » Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:47:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 Rescission Decision Averts $43M in Damages in California Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/16/326656.htm Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:54:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326656 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 …

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Southern California Agent Sentenced For Ponzi Scheme http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/15/326319.htm Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:12:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326319 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 …

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Iowa Revokes Insurance, Securities Licenses of Illinois Producer http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/07/325679.htm Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:42:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325679 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 …

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Texas Insurance Agent Sentenced to 4 Years for Premium Theft http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/03/26/324492.htm Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:36:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324492 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 …

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Mass. Biz Owner Charged in Connection With Workers’ Comp Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/03/20/323832.htm Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:59:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323832 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 …

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North Carolina Motorist Arrested for Alleged Auto Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/03/13/323178.htm Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:48:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323178 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 …

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Archdiocese In Washington Says Data Breach May Lead To Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/12/323086.htm Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:52:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323086 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 …

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Son of New Yorker Who Faked Death in Insurance Scam Gets 1 Year in Jail http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/03/05/322295.htm Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:32:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322295 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 …

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Nevada Insurance Fraud Trial Begins For County Analyst http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/05/322283.htm Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:06:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322283 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 …

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N.Y. Orthopedist Sentenced to 8 Years in LIRR Fraud Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/02/26/321601.htm Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:52:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321601 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 …

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California Senator Pleads Not Guilty In Workers’ Comp Fraud Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/25/321468.htm Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:48:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321468 State Sen. Ron Calderon pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges that he accepted $100,000 in bribes in return for pushing legislation, charges that could send him to federal prison for years. Calderon, a member of a powerful Democratic political …

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Penn. Man Charged With Theft of $630K in Insurance Funds http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/02/10/320012.htm Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:23:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320012 The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced on Feb. 7 that criminal charges have been filed against Derl Knarr of Herndon, Penn. According to authorities, Knarr, age 55, is charged in a one-count felony. Authorities said …

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Former Idaho Councilman Sentenced For Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/07/319859.htm Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:05:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319859 A former Nampa City Council member in Idaho has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and 12 years of supervised probation for insurance fraud. The Idaho Press-Tribune reported that terms of the sentence given to Bob Schmidt on Tuesday in …

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California Psychologist Sentenced In Workers’ Comp Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/06/319730.htm Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:12:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319730 A psychologist apologized Tuesday in a Los Angeles court for defrauding the federal government with inflated and fraudulent workers’ compensation claims. Dr. Arnold P. Nerenberg of Whittier said Tuesday he was grateful federal agents caught him. In an emotional speech, …

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Ohio Chiropractor Owes nearly $70K for Workers’ Comp Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/01/28/318609.htm Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:29:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=318609 An Ohio chiropractor was sentenced to pay nearly $70,000 in restitution and investigation costs to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). Tariq Arif pleaded guilty Jan. 13 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to one count of …

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N.J. Third-Party Insurance Administrator Sentenced for Stealing $462K http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/01/10/316792.htm Fri, 10 Jan 2014 17:27:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=316792 The primary owner and operator of a third-party insurance administrator in New Jersey has been sentenced to seven years in state prison after being convicted at trial of stealing approximately half a million dollars from a trust fund, according to …

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NYPD, FDNY Retirees Among Dozens Charged With Disability Fraud; Scheme May Total $400M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/01/08/316361.htm Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:57:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=316361 More than 100 retirees, most of whom worked for the New York City police and fire departments, were charged with stealing benefits from a federal disability program by lying about psychiatric conditions. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said Tuesday …

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Insurance Broker and Former Toms River, N.J., Mayor Get Prison Sentence http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/01/07/316272.htm Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:59:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=316272 A New Jersey insurance broker and the former mayor of Toms River, N.J., were each sentenced Monday for separate schemes involving officials of Toms River and the former insurance broker for the Toms River regional school district, Francis Gartland. Frank …

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Ohio Business Owner Must Pay $55K in Workers’ Comp Premiums http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/12/31/315805.htm Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:14:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=315805 A Cincinnati, Ohio, business owner has been sentenced to pay nearly $55,000 in unpaid premiums owed to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). Todd Bittner, owner of Bittner Construction, pleaded guilty in October to two counts of workers’ compensation …

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Idaho Insurance Department Revokes Father and Son Licenses http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/12/23/315347.htm Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:40:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=315347 The Idaho Department of Insurance issued orders revoking the Idaho insurance producer licenses held by Adrian Rand Robison and his son, Adrian Russell Robison. Rand Robison was the founder and chairman of the board of The Legacy Network, an insurance …

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Cellphone Records Call Up Fraud Against Washington Woman http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/12/23/315345.htm Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:24:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=315345 An investigation by Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s office has resulted in charges of theft and fraud against a Tacoma woman who attempted to collect insurance money for a car she claimed was stolen and destroyed in a fire. Donica …

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Former California Broker Charged With Identity Theft And Forgery http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/12/19/315042.htm Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:13:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=315042 Former insurance agent Eugene Shy-Ren Hsu, 31, of West Covina, Calif., was arrested by Department of Insurance officers and charged with multiple felony counts. The charges include grand theft, forgery, and identity theft for allegedly using another agent’s identity to …

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Ohio Ex-Pharmacist Sentenced for $2.1M Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/12/09/313435.htm Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:25:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=313435 Ohio officials say a former pharmacist convicted in a $2.1 million health care fraud scheme has been sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison. Barbara Elise Miller of Coshocton was sentenced in federal court in Akron. A statement from Lt. …

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Florida Lawyer Found Guilty in $800M Insurance Fraud Scheme http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2013/12/06/313250.htm Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:31:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=313250 A South Florida attorney has been convicted for his role in an $800 million insurance fraud scheme involving investments in death benefits. A jury on Wednesday convicted 64-year-old Anthony Livoti Jr. of money laundering and fraud conspiracy in the Mutual …

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Oregon Lawsuit: Patients Tested For HIV Without Consent http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/12/02/312693.htm Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:58:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=312693 Two Oregon residents have sued a health care provider that screened them for HIV without their permission. The Oregonian reported the plaintiffs are asking the judge to approve the suit as a class action, to include the estimated 6,500 other …

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Ohio Agent Sentenced to 2 Years’ Probation for $7,700 Theft, Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/11/27/312581.htm Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:28:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=312581 Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced that former life insurance agent Russell Lowery, of Olmsted Falls, was sentenced in Cuyahoga County Common Plea Court to two years of probation for theft and insurance fraud and ordered to …

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New Jersey Man Sentenced for Superstorm Sandy Scam http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2013/11/25/312164.htm Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:12:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=312164 A central New Jersey man has been sentenced to five years in state prison after admitting he preyed on Superstorm Sandy victims by promising them low-cost housing or cars and defrauding them of approximately $55,000. The attorney general’s office says …

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North Carolina Arrests Made in 3 Alleged Auto Insurance Scams http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2013/11/25/312139.htm Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:35:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=312139 North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced the arrest of Raquel Pineda, 31, of Mount Olive. She was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense. Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Pineda …

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North Carolina Man Accused of Auto Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2013/11/12/310877.htm Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:26:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=310877 William Henry Bullock, 64, of Knightdale, North Carolina has been arrested on a charge of obtaining property by false pretense, according to North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Bullock falsely reported his Ford …

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Oklahoma Man Pleads Guilty To Arson-Related Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2013/11/11/310847.htm Mon, 11 Nov 2013 23:29:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=310847 A Broken Arrow, Okla. man has pleaded guilty to a federal mail fraud charge that authorities say is related to an alleged arson at an east Tulsa self-storage facility. The Tulsa World reported that a plea agreement has been filed …

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