Insurance Journal » Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:37:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Former Washington Adjuster Pleads Guilty To $135,000 Theft http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/11/21/347853.htm Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:37:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347853 Former Nationwide Insurance claims associate Fariborz Romeo Rahrovi, 40, on Friday pled guilty in King County Superior Court in Washington to two counts of theft, criminal conspiracy and money laundering related to the theft of an accident victim’s $525,000 insurance …

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Arizona Joins Wave Suits in $3 Billion GM Ignition-Switch Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/11/20/347711.htm Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:26:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347711 Arizona became the first state to join the wave of litigation against General Motors Co. over faulty ignition switches, claiming the company misled consumers about the safety of its cars and defrauded them of $3 billion. Arizona Attorney General Tom …

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Ohio Home Healthcare Firm Owner Failed to Report Employees; Owes $124K http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/12/346811.htm Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:38:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346811 An Ohio woman was sentenced Oct. 16 in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $124,573.07 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) after operating a home healthcare agency …

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Oklahoma AG: Company Selling Copyright-Infringed Software to Schools http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/12/346798.htm Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:27:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346798 The owners of a Ninnekah, Okla., computer company have been charged with allegedly selling computers containing copyright-infringed software to school districts and city and county governments in southwestern Oklahoma, according to the office of state Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Craig Computer owners Ray …

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‘Coffee Burns’ Lead to Fraud Charges Against California McDonald’s Customer http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/11/11/346474.htm Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:43:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346474 Selena Edwards, 38, of Victorville, Calif., was arrested and faces 21 felony counts of insurance and workers’ compensation fraud associated with an alleged fraudulent claim against McDonald’s for second-degree burns to her hand from spilled coffee The charges also include …

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Southern California Agent Arrested For Scamming Insurers For $1.4M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/10/06/342821.htm Mon, 06 Oct 2014 19:01:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342821 Eric Lee, 64, of Orange County, Calif., was arrested last week by the California Department of Insurance and charged with 20 felony counts, including grand theft and allegedly providing false or misleading information to an insurer during a scheme that …

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Florida Arrests 5 on Insurance Fraud Charges http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/10/02/342542.htm Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:50:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342542 Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced the arrests of five NBRC Roofing Co. employees for allegedly organizing a $525,000 insurance fraud scheme. The Tampa-based company is accused of leaving 97 homeowners in Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota …

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Institutional Officer Nabbed In $60,000 in California Workers’ Comp Fraud Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/10/01/342243.htm Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:19:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342243 James Levice Davis Junious, 33, was arrested for allegedly collecting more than $60,000 in workers’ compensation benefits he was not entitled to receive. Junious was charged with five felony counts including insurance fraud and grand theft. In November 2012, Junious …

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Colorado Mother And Son Convicted Of Arson Insurance Scam http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/10/01/342147.htm Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:36:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342147 A Fort Collins, Colo. mother and son have been sentenced to prison for setting their home on fire with hopes of collecting an insurance payout. The Coloradoan reported that 53-year-old Kellie Lawson-Welborne and 34-year-old Christopher Welborne pleaded guilty in July …

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NFL Player’s Family Sues League in California Over His Suicide http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/09/25/341597.htm Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:58:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341597 The wife and sons of former San Diego Chargers defensive back Paul Oliver are taking legal action against the NFL for wrongful death, blaming sports-related concussions for his suicide last year. The suit was filed Monday in Los Angeles County …

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Workers’ Comp Fraud Charges Filed on Utah Man http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/09/19/341159.htm Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:50:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341159 A Utah man who suffered a knee injury while working at the Montana State Prison is charged with defrauding the state worker’s compensation fund by collecting total disability benefits while running a construction company. The Independent Record reported the attorney …

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Two Plead Guilty in Iowa to Defrauding AIG, Face Decades in Prison http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/04/339638.htm Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:46:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339638 Former Iowa resident Christina M. Pender and California resident Robert K. Taylor have pled guilty to defrauding insurance company AIG out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa announced. Taylor also …

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California Insurance Agent Faces 96 Felony Counts http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/08/15/337697.htm Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:45:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337697 Jacob Richard Bonzer, 27, formerly of Lake Forest, Calif. was arrested Wednesday in Chicago by a U.S. Marshals Task Force on 96 felony counts including grand theft, forgery and denial of benefits. According to a joint investigation between the California …

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South Carolina Reports Rise in Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/08/12/337345.htm Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:23:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337345 Insurance fraud complaints in South Carolina have reached an all-time high with more than 1,200 pouring in last year, according to a report by Attorney General Alan Wilson. The annual report from his office’s Insurance Fraud Division noted attorneys prosecuted …

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Female Bank Robbery Conspirator Charged With Workers’ Comp Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/08/11/337311.htm Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:24:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337311 Aurora Barrera, 33, of Downey was arrested on charges related to her allegedly submitting a fraudulent workers’ compensation claim for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder associated with a robbery, she assisted in staging – at a bank where she worked …

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California Windshield Repairer Ordered To Pay Insurer $1.4M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/08/11/337261.htm Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:55:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337261 The owner of a Sonoma County windshield repair business accused in a fraudulent billing scheme has been ordered to pay Allstate Insurance and the state of California more than $1.4 million. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported the judgment against …

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Georgia Agent Surrenders License http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/08/08/337126.htm Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:08:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337126 A Gwinnett County insurance agent currently under investigation by the state insurance commissioner’s office has agreed to surrender his license to sell insurance in Georgia, according to officials. Insurance agent John Paul Kill, 63, signed a consent order on July …

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Washington Sheriff’s Deputy Charged With Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/07/18/335243.htm Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:34:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335243 Jeremy B. Jeske, 43, a Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy, has been charged with two counts of insurance fraud in connection with a case that was investigated by Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit. According to the investigators, Jeske …

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Hearing Set in Insurance Fraud Case Against Former Kansas Agent http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/17/335076.htm Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:38:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335076 A federal judge will hear arguments on whether to dismiss the bulk of a wide-ranging indictment accusing a former Kansas insurance agent with stealing nearly $2 million from policyholders. U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten set a July 28 date …

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Wyoming Sponsor Of Earhart Search Wants Suit To Continue http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/07/14/334505.htm Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:36:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334505 A Wyoming man who paid $1 million to sponsor a search for Amelia Earhart’s missing airplane is asking a federal judge not to dismiss his fraud lawsuit against expedition organizers. Tim Mellon maintains that the Pennsylvania-based The International Group for …

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New Orleans’ Mayor During Hurricane Katrina Gets 10-Year Sentence for Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/11/334380.htm Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:24:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334380 Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin entered City Hall as a cool and confident self-styled reformer, won fame there as a passionate, if profane, critic of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina and exited under suspicion. Next stop: federal prison. …

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Standridge Pleads Guilty in Arkansas to Premium Finance-Related Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/08/334038.htm Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:24:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334038 A Mount Ida, Ark., man has pleaded guilty to money laundering and wire fraud and prosecutors say he’ll serve five years in prison followed by supervised release and must pay back more than $7 million in restitution. But federal prosecutors …

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Phantom Collisions Result In Multiple Arrests in California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/06/26/333031.htm Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:01:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333031 Joel Paredes Saldana, 22, owner of Lightning Auto Body in Riverside County, was arrested Wednesday as California Department of Insurance detectives and multiple allied agencies swept up at least 19 co-conspirators associated with an organized insurance fraud crime ring. Those …

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BP Claim Investigator: Louisiana Fisherman Should Repay $50K http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/06/12/331677.htm Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:06:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=331677 A court-appointed investigator says a Louisiana fisherman should return more than $50,000 in BP oil spill claim money. Louis Freeh, the former FBI director appointed to investigate claims arising from the 2010 disaster, filed a federal court motion to force …

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Kia’s Dancing Hamster Nabbed in California on Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/06/05/331197.htm Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:07:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=331197 Leroy Barnes, 27, of Los Angeles, known as one of the dancing hamsters in Kia car commercials, was arrested on insurance fraud charges related to his alleged fraudulent collection of state disability insurance benefits. Barnes is suspected of deceiving his …

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Arrests in California Fraud Ring Targeting Auto Dealers and Insurers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/05/23/330022.htm Fri, 23 May 2014 23:56:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330022 A four-year investigation into an organized fraud ring has uncovered a million-dollar scheme targeting high-end vehicles through auto loan and insurance fraud has led to several arrests, according to the California Department of Insurance. CDI said it executed coordinated arrest …

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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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