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Las Vegas K-9 Officer Indicted for Insurance Fraud

A veteran Las Vegas police K-9 officer has been indicted on felony charges alleging he burned his recreational vehicle trailer in January for the insurance money. State Attorney General Adam Laxalt said last week the charges against 36-year-old Jeff Lynn Harper …

Other Calderon Pleads Guilty to Bribery as Part of Workers’ Comp Scheme

The United States Attorney for the Central District announced on Monday that former California State Sen. Ronald S. Calderon has agreed to plead guilty to a federal corruption charge. Calderon admitted in a plea agreement filed on Monday that he …

Former California Lawmaker Pleas Guilty in Money Laundering Case Involving Workers’ Comp

A former California Legislator on Monday pleaded guilty to crimes that included accepting bribes, some related to alleged bribes involving workers’ compensation fraud. Former Democratic Assemblyman Tom Calderon pleaded guilty to one felony count of money laundering as part of an …

California School District Aide Busted for Felony Workers’ Comp Fraud

An employee of a Southern California school district has been arrested on charges of workers’ compensation fraud for allegedly racking up $33,000 in treatments and disability payments. Juanita Denise Schmittle, 50, of Baldwin Park, Calif., was arrested by California Department …

Former California Claim Adjuster Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $289K

Elizabeth Louise Brown, 48, of Canyon Country, Calif., a former claims adjuster with Explorer Insurance, pleaded guilty to two counts of insurance fraud with a white collar crime enhancement penalty for crafting an elaborate scheme to defraud her employer of …

Idaho Non-Resident Producer License Revoked

The Idaho Department of Insurance received notice from the Washington Office of Insurance Commissioner revoking the license of Randy W. Tate, a Washington resident. Idaho insurance code gives the director the right to revoke any insurance producer license that has …

Arraignment Set for Former California Agent in Decade-Long Scheme

Valerie Ann Verdugo, 38, of Bakersfield, Calif., is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on felony insurance fraud charges for obtaining insurance coverage without paying the carrier on those policies for more than a decade. Verdugo, a licensed agent, surrendered herself …

CDI: Trucking Company Owners Cheated Workers’ Comp Carrier out of Millions

A pair of California trucking company owners were arrested for cheating their worker’s compensation insurer out of millions of dollars. Alvin Shin Chen, 54, and Fiona Xilin Chen, 46, both of La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., were arrested this week at …

Ex-Insurance Agent in East Texas Sentenced to 3 Years for Fraud

A former insurance agent in East Texas must serve three years in prison for running a $5 million medical investment scam. Robert B. Hahn was sentenced in federal court in Tyler. The 64-year-old Tyler man in November pleaded guilty to …

Organized Crime Ring in California Busted for Auto Collision Fraud

Juan Ortiz Velazquez, 27, of San Jose, Calif. and owner of Carlos Auto Body, was arrested with seven other suspects and charged with multiple counts of felony insurance fraud  on Wednesday for allegedly filing 20 fraudulent claims to four insurance …