Insurance Journal » insurance fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 N.J. Man Sentenced for Insurance Fraud Over Damage Done to Car http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/06/29/373341.htm Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:39:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373341 A Newark, New Jersey, man who committed insurance fraud is now headed to prison. New Jersey state authorities say Derrick Smith recently received a three-year sentence. Smith sought more than $15,000 from his insurer for damage done to his car …

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Former Arizona Congressman Renzi Rejected by High Court on Conviction http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/29/373313.htm Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:28:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373313 The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from former Representative Rick Renzi of Arizona, leaving intact his conviction for public corruption, insurance fraud and racketeering. Renzi, a Republican, argued unsuccessfully that his prosecution violated the Constitution’s speech-or-debate clause, which limits …

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Georgia Chiropractor Indicted On 12 Counts of Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/25/372934.htm Thu, 25 Jun 2015 05:21:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372934 Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens announced that a Bibb County Grand Jury indicted Roswell chiropractor Victor L. Dees for 12 counts of insurance fraud based off an investigation conducted by the Department of Insurance’s Fraud division. Subsequent to the indictment, …

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Owner of Mass. Asbestos Abatement Firm Indicted for Work Comp Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/06/22/372558.htm Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:57:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372558 A Massachusetts man who owns an asbestos abatement company has been indicted for allegedly failing to accurately report the nature of his company’s work to avoid paying thousands of dollars in insurance premiums. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced on …

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Arkansas Ex-Judge Sentenced in Insurance Fraud Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/06/12/371641.htm Fri, 12 Jun 2015 16:21:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=371641 A former Arkansas district judge convicted of drug charges has been sentenced in an unrelated mail fraud case involving American Indian artifacts. Bob Castleman, who was a judge in Pocahontas over a decade ago, has been sentenced to 21 months …

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Penn. Superior Court Judge Disbarred for Insurance Fraud Seeks Reinstatement http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/06/05/370670.htm Fri, 05 Jun 2015 15:42:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=370670 A former Pennsylvania Superior Court judge who was disbarred after his federal conviction for a $440,000 auto insurance fraud wants his law license reinstated. The Erie Times-News reports 66-year-old Michael Joyce will have a hearing before the Supreme Court’s Disciplinary …

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Former Mass. Brokerage Owner Pleads Guilty to Stealing $10M From Aetna http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/06/03/370463.htm Wed, 03 Jun 2015 21:28:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=370463 A former insurance brokerage owner has pleaded guilty on June 2 in federal court in Hartford, Connecticut, to wire fraud and money laundering charges stemming from her theft of more than $10 million from Hartford-based Aetna. According to the announcement …

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Former Mass. Jail Officer Sentenced for Fraudulently Collecting Benefits http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/06/01/370153.htm Mon, 01 Jun 2015 22:36:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=370153 Massachusetts authorities announced that a former Suffolk County correctional officer has pleaded guilty and been sentenced for fraudulently collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in workers’ compensation, disability, and retirement benefits while working. According to a May 29 announcement by …

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2 California Men Nabbed for $1.4M Mobile Phone Insurance Scam http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/28/369781.htm Thu, 28 May 2015 15:29:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369781 Jason Kwon, 32, of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., and David Chang, 32, of Burbank face 41 felony counts of insurance fraud, grand theft and identity theft for allegedly submitting fraudulent claims totaling $1.3 million to obtain low cost replacement mobile …

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Former Ohio Agent Sentenced for Insurance Fraud, Theft http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/27/369588.htm Wed, 27 May 2015 16:56:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369588 A former Ohio insurance agent was sentenced in early May after pleading guilty to insurance fraud and theft, Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor announced. Former McConnelsville insurance agent James Brent Whitehouse was sentenced in the Morgan County Court of Common Pleas …

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Southern California Insurance Scammers Busted For Felony Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/18/368530.htm Mon, 18 May 2015 15:30:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368530 Anthony Riste, 45, and Brandy Riste, 22, both of Los Angeles, Calif., were arrested on two felony counts of insurance fraud after they allegedly conspired with Bobby Vlado, 40, to defraud Alliance United Insurance Co. out of nearly $18,000. Investigators …

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Louisiana State Police Charge Firefighter in Insurance Fraud Investigation http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/05/13/368087.htm Wed, 13 May 2015 17:00:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368087 Following an investigation into a complaint received from the Shreveport City Attorney’s Office, the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud and Auto Theft Unit charged a firefighter with insurance fraud. Michael Keel of Keithville, a firefighter with the Shreveport Fire Department, …

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Insurance Fraud Leads to 2 Years in Prison for Dallas Homebuilder http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/05/11/367556.htm Mon, 11 May 2015 16:27:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367556 A Dallas homebuilder has been sentenced to two years in prison for insurance fraud over false reports of more than $250,000 in materials stolen. Edward Adrian Abraham operated under the name of Park Cities Development Inc. Federal prosecutors in Dallas …

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34 Arrested in Louisiana Insurance Fraud Investigation http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/05/08/367385.htm Fri, 08 May 2015 16:08:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367385 Louisiana State Police say a two month investigation into insurance fraud and auto theft has led to the arrest of 34 people across the state. Troopers say in a news release its Insurance Fraud and Auto Theft unit investigated staged …

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California Officer in Ice Bucket Video Faces Insurance Fraud Charges http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/06/367085.htm Wed, 06 May 2015 15:52:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367085 A California officer faces insurance fraud charges after authorities say a video showed her participating in an ice-bucket challenge despite claiming she had a back injury. Los Angeles County prosecutors say a video posted online in July showed Pasadena police …

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California Pot Dispensary Owners Nabbed For Workers’ Comp Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/04/28/365856.htm Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:05:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365856 The owners of the Green Cactus Collective Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Palmdale, Calif., were arrested on multiple felony counts of insurance fraud. Tiffany Shorter, 26, and Jabe Satterfield, 77, failed to carry workers’ comp benefits for their employees and allegedly …

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Widow Gets 4 Years for Burning Million-Dollar Conn. Home for Insurance Money http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/04/27/365686.htm Tue, 28 Apr 2015 03:56:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365686 A widowed mother of two from Florida has been sentenced to four years in prison for burning down her former million-dollar home in Connecticut for the insurance money. The Connecticut Post reports that 39-year-old Amanda Azevedo pleaded with a state …

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Former Roselle, N.J. Mayor Headed to Jail for Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/04/14/364177.htm Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:49:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364177 The former mayor of Roselle, New Jersey, has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for insurance fraud over false reports made after a hit-and-run accident. NJ.com reports that Garrett Smith was sentenced on April 10 after filing false reports …

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Former Maryland Agent Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/04/10/363813.htm Fri, 10 Apr 2015 19:26:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363813 Authorities announced that a Hagerstown, Maryland, woman pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Washington County to one count of felony insurance fraud having a value of $300 or more. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced on April 7 that …

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Trial Ordered for Pennsylvania Family Accused of $20M Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/04/10/364046.htm Fri, 10 Apr 2015 19:01:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364046 A judge has ordered members of a Pennsylvania family whose mansion had three fires in five years to stand trial in a $20 million insurance fraud case. Political fundraiser and hostess Claire Risoldi and her family are accused of living …

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Miami Insurance Agent Arrested for Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/10/363983.htm Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:55:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363983 Miami insurance agent Richard Gomez has been arrested for insurance fraud, according to a statement by the Florida Department of Financial Services. An investigation by the Department’s Division of Insurance Fraud and Division of Agent & Agency Services revealed that …

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Jury Finds California Woman Guilty On Multiple Counts of Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/04/08/363688.htm Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:55:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363688 Jill Audette, 28, of San Diego, Calif., was convicted on five felony counts of insurance fraud and leaving the scene of a collision after falsely claiming her car was stolen and involved in a hit and run collision. Audette’s sentencing …

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Jewelry Expert Testifies in Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud-Fires Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/04/01/363142.htm Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:47:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363142 A local GOP fundraiser in Pennsylvania charged in a $20 million insurance scheme after three mansion fires in five years cursed and discussed the Mafia while meeting with a jewelry appraiser about her claims, the appraiser testified Tuesday. Claire Risoldi’s …

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2 Mass. Roofing Company Owners Indicted for Alleged Work Comp Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/03/25/362059.htm Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:15:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362059 Two business owners in Milford, Massachusetts, have been indicted in connection with failing to accurately report their total payroll and workforce to avoid paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in insurance premiums, authorities announced. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office …

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‘Crash and Buy’ Insurance Fraud Schemes Seen Growing in Maryland: MIA http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/03/24/361918.htm Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:07:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361918 The Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) said “crash and buy” auto insurance schemes are a growing trend in the state. When an uninsured driver crashes, buys insurance, then claims the accident happened after the policy took effect, that is fraud and …

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N.J. Man Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud Over Damage Done to Car http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/03/18/360939.htm Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:27:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360939 A New Jersey man has admitted that he sought more than $15,000 from his insurance company for damage done to his car before his policy took effect and for personal items he claimed were stolen. Derrick Smith of Newark, New …

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Missouri Man Admits Role in Arson-for-Insurance Schemes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/18/360995.htm Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:15:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360995 A man implicated in an arson-and-insurance fraud scheme when his clothes caught fire during a house blaze he helped set has pleaded guilty in Missouri to federal conspiracy and other charges. John S. Wayne, of Kansas City, entered the pleas …

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Michigan Man Sentenced for Selling Fake Auto Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/02/358996.htm Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:13:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358996 A 64-year-old Michigan man has been sentenced to one year in jail for selling fake auto insurance certificates. Hakeem Sanusi of Eastpointe pleaded no contest to six counts of insurance fraud as a habitual offender. He was sentenced on Feb. …

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Former Northern N.J. Mayor Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud Charge http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/02/26/358731.htm Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:12:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358731 A former northern New Jersey mayor has admitted making false statements to police and an insurance company in a bid to cover up a hit-and-run accident. Former Roselle Mayor Garrett Smith pleaded guilty Tuesday to insurance fraud, one day before …

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NICB to Boston-Area Homeowners: Beware of Insurance Scammers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/02/17/357601.htm Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:29:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357601 The National Insurance Crime Bureau advised that as the Northeast continues to get pounded by storm after storm, there’s one more threat that Bostonians need to watch out for: shady contractors or “storm chasers” looking to make a fraudulent buck …

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