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Bribery Probe Into N.J. Lab Nets $12M, More Than 2 Dozen Doctors

An ongoing federal investigation of a New Jersey medical laboratory has netted guilty pleas from more than two dozen doctors, the latest from a physician who admitted taking cash bribes from lab employees. Bret Ostrager, 50, a Woodbury, New York, …

Texas Man Who Drove Car into Gulf Sentenced For Insurance Fraud

An exotic car salvage yard owner in Lufkin, Texas has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison after pleading guilty to insurance fraud. The Houston Chronicle reported that in November 2009, Andy House drove his sports …

Owners of Hotel Cleaning Firm in California Charged with $7M Workers’ Comp Fraud

The owners of a janitorial company serving luxury hotels in Southern California and Nevada are charged with running a $7 million workers’ compensation insurance and tax evasion scam, prosecutors announced Monday. Hyok “Steven” Kwon and Woo “Stephanie” Kwon were arrested …

Man Who Drove Bugatti into Gulf Going to Prison for Insurance Fraud

An exotic car salvage yard owner in Lufkin, Texas, has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison after pleading guilty to insurance fraud. The Houston Chronicle reports that in November 2009, Andy House drove his sports …

Feds Investigating Potential Crop Insurance Fraud in Kentucky

Federal investigators say they believe Central Kentucky tobacco farmers, crop insurance agents, tobacco warehouse owners and others conspired to defraud thousands and possibly millions of dollars from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s program that insures crops. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports …

Penn. Counselor Allegedly Billed Insurance $600K for Fake Office Visits

Pennsylvania’s attorney general says a western Pennsylvania family counselor billed an insurance company more than $600,000 for sessions that never occurred. Investigators announced insurance fraud and theft charges on Dec. 9 against 33-year-old Lisa Wally, a McKeesport woman who practiced …

Connecticut Regulator Warns of Phone Scams Targeting Policyholders

Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade is advising consumers to be wary of a scam in which a caller poses as a representative of an insurance company and informs people that their policy is being canceled for non-payment. In the …

Former Insurance Exec Gets 37 Years for $100M Premium Fraud in Maryland

A Maryland businessman who prosecutors say stole more than $100 million in insurance premiums to live a life of luxury has been sentenced to 37 years in prison. Forty-year-old Jeffrey Brian Cohen of Reisterstown, Maryland, about 25 miles northwest of …

Insurance Fraudster Heads Back to Jail for Violating Release Terms in Conn.

Insurance swindler and former international fugitive Martin Frankel has been sentenced to six months in prison for violating the terms of his release. Prosecutors say a federal judge in New Haven, Connecticut, sentenced the 61-year-old convict on Dec. 3. Frankel …

Doctor Sentenced to Prison in New Jersey Lab Referral Scheme

A Long Island, New York, doctor has been sentenced to prison for his role in a bribery scheme involving a New Jersey lab. A federal judge in Newark, New Jersey, sentenced Brett Halper of Glen Head, New York, to 46 …