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Washington Casino Dealer Ordered to Repay $27K in Workers’ Comp Scam

A Spokane, Wash. card dealer caught working at casinos while receiving disability benefits must repay more than $27,000. Victor Arredondo, 58, pleaded guilty this week in Spokane County Superior Court to felony second-degree theft and misdemeanor third-degree theft. Judge Gregory …

Chief Executive of Leading Romanian Insurance Company Charged with Fraud

Anti-corruption prosecutors have charged one of Romania’s richest businessmen with money laundering and abusing his position as a chief executive of a leading insurance company. The anti-corruption prosecutors’ office charged Dan Adamescu on Monday with causing 800 million lei ($197 …

Former California Agent Admits To Embezzling From Clients

Julie Diane Shinar, 44, of Long Beach, Calif., was convicted of theft by embezzlement in Long Beach Superior Court. Shinar was ordered to serve three years of formal probation and pay $29,158 in restitution to her victims. Shinar reportedly received …

California Construction Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Workers’ Comp Fraud

The owner of a Sacramento, Calif. construction company has pleaded guilty to tax evasion and workers’ comp insurance fraud. The Sacramento Bee reported that 47-year-old William Alan Huffman entered his plea last week after being arrested in January. The Sacramento County District …

Insurers Could Find an Early-Mover Advantage from Telematics: Fitch

The motor insurance industry faces a significant shake-up from two waves of technological innovation – the growth of telematics and the development of driverless cars, according to Fitch. Over the short term, telematics will have a bigger impact on the …

California Insurance Agent Convicted of Identity Theft and Forgery

Said Lakhlifi, 52, of Covina, Calif., a licensed insurance agent and owner of Mogador Insurance Center, pleaded no contest and was convicted on three misdemeanor counts of identity theft, forgery and petty theft. Lakhlifi was also ordered to pay restitution …

California Insurance Agent Faces Felony Charges for Pocketing Auto Premiums

Anthony John Diaz, 35, was arraigned today in the Fresno County Superior Court in California to answer charges that he allegedly stole insurance premiums from policyholders. Diaz was arrested earlier this month by California Department of Insurance detectives and booked …

UK’s Aviva Beefs Up Fraud Screening in Commercial Motor Business

Aviva detected fraud in almost 2,200 commercial motor policies in 2015, using various anti-fraud tools, the London-based insurer revealed. But the company is taking its fight against fraud to a new level — by screening all commercial motor policies at …

California Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Tribe Through Workers’ Comp Scam

A Northern California man has pleaded guilty to defrauding an Indian tribe for millions of dollars as part of a workers’ compensation scam. The Sacramento Bee reported that 46-year-old Gregory Chmielewski last month pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud. …

13 Indictments Handed Down in Massive Workers’ Comp Fraud Scam

An investigation into what’s being called one of the largest cases of workers’ compensation health care insurance fraud in California Department of Insurance history led to 13 indictments announced today against seven Southern California-based medical professionals. This is the second …