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Florida Workers’ Comp Fraud Sting Ends with 8 Arrests

A multi-agency undercover workers’ compensation sting in Polk County, Fla., led by the Florida Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF), led to the arrests of eight individuals, according to a statement from DFS. The eight individuals …

Judge: Penn. Woman Violated Order in Contacting Insurance Trial Witnesses

A local GOP fundraiser and hostess from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after a judge said she violated a court order against contacting witnesses in her upcoming trial in a $20 million insurance fraud case. …

New York Doctor Gets 3 Years for Taking Bribes From Lab Company

A New York doctor is headed to prison for three years for his role in a long-running bribes-for-test-referrals scheme involving a New Jersey lab company. Federal prosecutors say Bret Ostrager received a 37-month sentence Wednesday. He also must forfeit $101,271. …

Former New Jersey Agent Sentenced for Bilking $1M From MassMutual

A former insurance agent in Essex County, New Jersey, is going to prison for bilking Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company of more than $1 million in commissions and bonuses. A judge sentenced 33-year-old Stanley Jerome of Orange, New Jersey, to …

New Jersey Diner Owner Charged With Arson, Insurance Fraud

Authorities say a New Jersey diner owner has been charged with burning down the restaurant to collect insurance money. The New Jersey Herald reports that Tina Diakos was arrested and charged on May 13 with setting the March 8 fire …

Large Staged Collision Insurance Fraud Ring in California Busted

Detectives from the California Department of Insurance arrested more than two dozen people on multiple felony counts of insurance fraud for allegedly staging auto collisions to scam more than four insurance companies out of tens of thousands of dollars. The …

New York Prison Guard Accused of Workers’ Comp Fraud

New York’s inspector general says a state prison guard has been charged with fraud and grand larceny, accused of stealing more than $38,000 in sick leave and workers’ compensation benefits by falsifying medical records. Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott says …

Former N.J. Chiropractor Accused of Role in $4M Insurance Fraud Ring

New Jersey authorities say a chiropractor whose license was revoked more than a decade ago played a role in a medical fraud ring that allegedly stole nearly $4 million from insurance companies. Philip Potacco faces numerous counts, including conspiracy and …

Former Connecticut Agency Owner Gets More Than 6 Years for Fraud Scheme

A Connecticut insurance agent authorities say defrauded a specialty lender, insurance carriers, the city of Hartford and the state of Connecticut out of more than $2 million to fund a lavish lifestyle has been sentenced to more than six years …

New Jersey Woman Gets 3 Years for False Stolen-Car Claim

A Newark, New Jersey, woman who falsely reported her car had been stolen so she could get an insurance settlement is now headed to state prison. State authorities say 58-year-old Janette Bautista received a three-year term. She had pleaded guilty …