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Former California Highway Patrolmen Convicted of Worker’s Comp Fraud

A former California Highway Patrol officer has been convicted in a case involving workers’ compensation insurance fraud. A Sacramento County jury on Thursday convicted Tony Yao on felony charges of failure to disclose a prior motor vehicle accident and resulting …

Ringleader of Auto Insurance Fraud Scam Pleads Guilty in Massachusetts

The ringleader of an automobile insurance fraud scheme in which dozens of New York City residents claimed they lived at fictional addresses in western Massachusetts has pleaded guilty in a deal she hopes will help her avoid deportation. Lefen Chen …

Former Bridezilla Surrenders in California For Felony Insurance Fraud

Anita Maxwell, who was featured in season four of the television reality series “Bridezillas,” has surrendered herself to the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles County on 14 felony counts associated with insurance fraud. A California Department of Insurance …

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 …