Insurance Journal » Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:28:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Yellow Cab in Nevada Says Disabilities Suit Has it in Bad Spot http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/03/17/360830.htm Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:18:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360830 Yellow Cab Co. of Reno may have to file for bankruptcy if it’s ordered to pay excessive attorney fees after a federal judge found it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by denying service to a disabled woman with a …

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Idaho Man Sentenced For Insurance Fraud Against Progressive http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/03/16/360618.htm Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:56:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360618 An Idaho Falls, Idaho man has been sentenced for filing false car insurance claims. The Idaho Attorney General’s Office says Robert C. MacNeilage was sentenced last week to an intensive treatment and education program at a minimum-security prison, with an underlying …

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California Suit: Lyft Cheated New Drivers Out of $1K Bonuses http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/03/16/360610.htm Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:42:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360610 The Lyft ridesharing company took new drivers for a ride by cheating them out of promised $1,000 bonuses, according to a federal lawsuit . Hundreds of drivers lost a total of at least $5 million worth of bonuses that were …

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Ex-Oppenheimer Exec Admits to Role in Sinking Oklahoma Insurer http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/22/358304.htm Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:14:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358304 A former Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. executive pleaded guilty to participating in a fraud that the U.S. says led to the collapse of an Oklahoma insurance company. Allen Reichman, 55, told a Manhattan judge that he and former Park Avenue …

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ACE Group Warns UK SMEs About Higher Fraud Risk in 1st Quarter http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2015/02/04/356313.htm Wed, 04 Feb 2015 10:05:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356313 Fraud cases are on the rise and the profile of fraudsters is changing to include more young individuals seeking to fund extravagant lifestyles, according to ACE Group. As pressure on bank balances grows after the traditional Christmas excesses, ACE warns …

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Former California Agent Pleads Guilty in $6M Fraud Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/03/356276.htm Tue, 03 Feb 2015 19:43:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356276 An Upland, Calif. man has pleaded guilty to federal bank fraud and tax charges in relation to a loan scam that reportedly netted him more than $5.9 million. Derek Richard Brewart, 53, a former licensed insurance agent and owner of …

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Organized Family Insurance Ring Busted in Southern California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/29/355918.htm Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:24:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355918 Detectives from the California Department of Insurance’s insurance fraud enforcement division arrested 15 Los Angeles area residents Thursday morning for allegedly staging auto collisions and filing more than $500,000 in fraudulent claims. Four suspects are still being sought, and an …

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Most Popular Insurance Journal South Central Stories of 2014 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/31/351456.htm Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:04:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351456 Fraud, higher homeowners rates, fracking, and electronic traffic tickets are topics that drove readers to the following stories on InsuranceJournal.com in 2014. The following 10 stories led as the most popular picks by readers in the South Central region. Workers’ …

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Immigrants Get Warning On California Driver’s Licenses http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/12/30/351343.htm Tue, 30 Dec 2014 16:37:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351343 While tens of thousands of immigrants living in the United States illegally are preparing to apply for a long-sought driver’s license in California starting Jan. 2, others are being urged to think twice. Immigrant advocates say the vast majority should …

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Nursing Home Liabilities Transfer Could Be Fraud: Judge http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/17/350391.htm Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:40:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350391 The owners of a multistate chain of nursing homes may have committed fraud by transferring liabilities to a shell company that later lost more than $2 billion in jury verdicts to families who claimed relatives died of neglect, a federal …

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Former Bridezilla Surrenders in California For Felony Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/12/10/349728.htm Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:07:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349728 Anita Maxwell, who was featured in season four of the television reality series “Bridezillas,” has surrendered herself to the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles County on 14 felony counts associated with insurance fraud. A California Department of Insurance …

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Five Arrested in Alleged Staged Accident Scam in North Carolina http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/30/348297.htm Mon, 01 Dec 2014 01:00:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=348297 North Carolina insurance officials reported the arrests of five people from Fayetville in an alleged insurance fraud scheme involving a staged auto accident in Cumberland County. Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that the suspects conspired to defraud State National …

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Florida CFO Arrests 5 in Alleged Staged Accident Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/26/348406.htm Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:42:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=348406 Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced the arrest of five individuals on grand theft and insurance fraud charges for their involvement in an alleged staged accident. Officials said the alleged scam resulted in fraudulent Personal Injury Protection (PIP) billings …

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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 of 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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