Insurance Journal » Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:27:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 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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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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