Fraud News

RV Salesman in Washington Caught on Camera in Workers’ Comp Scam Fined $81K

A recreational vehicle salesman in Washington who claimed he couldn’t work because of an on-the-job injury has been ordered to pay back more than $81,000 in state disability benefits. Bobby Ray Johnson, 48, pleaded guilty to felony first-degree theft in …

$125M ‘Spinal Tap’ Fraud, Copyright Termination Suit Filed

Harry Shearer has launched a $125 million fraud and contract-breach lawsuit against Vivendi and StudioCanal over the 1984 rockumentary classic This Is Spinal Tap. The complaint, filed last week in California federal court, is packed with enough nuggets to instantly make …

Owner of Washington Asbestos Company Pleads Guilty to Bogus Certifications

The owner of a company that provided federally mandated training for construction firms that work with asbestos has pleaded guilty to giving certifications to people he knew had not taken his course. U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes says Isaac Cole owned …

Three Found Guilty of in Separate Insurance Fraud Cases in Washington

Insurance fraud cases investigated by Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s special investigations unit have resulted in felony convictions against three people. David Cook, 51, pleaded guilty in Pierce County Superior Court of attempted first-degree theft. He is in Pierce County …

Hiscox Launches Crime Cover to Protect UK & Irish SMEs Against Fraud

Specialist insurer Hiscox has launched a new crime product, Hiscox Crime Insurance, designed to protect small businesses in the UK and Ireland against a broad range of fraudulent acts from both internal and external parties. Designed to complement other commercial …

Lien Consolidation Court, Fraud Part of Focus at California Comp Conference

The state’s top two labor officials were understandably high on the impact they expect two bills recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown will have on California’s workers’ comp system and bad actors who have clogged the lien process and driven …

California Insurance Agent Nabbed for Fraud Scheme Involving 100-plus Policies

Vicki Lee McGinley, 58, a licensed insurance agent in California, was arrested by the Kern County Sheriff’s department on seven counts of identity theft and seven counts of insurance fraud after allegedly misrepresenting policy and premium information to clients resulting …

Washington RV Salesman Charged on $81K Workers’ Comp Scam

A Tacoma, Wash.-area man faces a felony theft charge after he was caught working while receiving more than $81,000 in workers’ compensation disability payments. Bobby R. Johnson, 47, was charged with first-degree theft. The Washington Attorney General’s Office filed the …

California Saw $600M in Workers’ Comp Liens Filed by Convicted Providers

The California Department of Industrial Relations announced that $600 million in liens were filed against injured employees’ claims for workers’ compensation benefits by convicted or criminally indicted parties from 2011 through 2015. California’s workers’ comp law allows certain claims for …

Questionable Ferrari Loss Leads to Claim Withdrawal

Shannon Navejas, special investigator 2 with Mercury Insurance, shares how a claim for a 2000 collector edition Ferrari valued at $188,000 went up in smoke as a result of a thorough investigation which included the use of background checks, a …