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3 Sentenced in N.J. for Running International Car Theft Scheme

Three men have been sentenced in New Jersey last Friday for running an international car theft scheme from 2007 to 2009. The scheme resulted in high-end cars being stolen in New York and then routed into New Jersey where they …

California Auto Insurance Fraud Sweep Nets Nearly 200

Detectives from the California Department of Insurance assisted by local district attorneys and local law enforcement spent the last week serving arrest warrants in 22 counties where more than 200 felony counts and multiple misdemeanor charges were filed against 195 …

‘Coffee Burns’ Lead to Fraud Charges Against California McDonald’s Customer

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 …

New Jersey Psychologist Faces Insurance Fraud Charges

Authorities in Monmouth County, New Jersey, have accused a psychologist of submitting approximately 120 fraudulent insurance claims totaling more than $15,000. Prosecutors have charged 62-year-old Edward Merski of Old Bridge with health care claims fraud, insurance fraud, theft by deception …

North Carolina Agent Charged for Allegedly Embezzling Client’s Funds

A North Carolina insurance agent has been charged with embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretense, the state’s Department of Insurance announced. According to the department’s announcement on Oct. 31, criminal investigators allege that Bonnie Harrell Smith, while working as …

N.J. Man Admits Staging Auto Accidents for $179K Insurance Payments

A New Jersey resident pleaded guilty to orchestrating two auto accident staging scams in 2010 that resulted in insurance payouts of $179,210 for medical treatment and personal injury settlement proceeds, according to officials. New Jersey’s Acting Attorney General John Hoffman …

Deputy in Washington Acquitted Of Insurance Fraud

A Spokane, Wash. sheriff’s deputy accused of filing false claims for snow damage has been acquitted of insurance fraud charges. A jury in Spokane returned the acquittal this week for Deputy Jeremey B. Jeske after a two-day trial. His lawyer, Rob …

Connecticut Police Officer Charged With Workers’ Comp Fraud

A former New London, Connecticut, police officer fired over accusations he leaked an internal police document and later rehired has resigned following his arrest on charges he fraudulently collected workers’ compensation benefits. David McElroy was charged with workers’ compensation fraud. …

N.H. Resident Sentenced to Prison for Felony Insurance Fraud

The New Hampshire Insurance Department announced that a Nashua, N.H., resident pleaded guilty in Hillsborough County Superior Court on Oct. 9 to two charges of felony insurance fraud and one felony charge of bail jumping, stemming from a fraudulent insurance …

N.Y. Doctor Found Guilty in Massive No-Fault Insurance Fraud Scheme

Authorities announced that a Brooklyn, New York-based doctor has been found guilty in a no-fault insurance fraud scheme following a two-week jury trial. According to a statement Monday from Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New …