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Dallas-Area Staged Accidents Scam Leads to Guilty Plea

A Dallas-area man has pleaded guilty to fraud in staged traffic accident schemes worth $5 million that have been going on since 2005. Prosecutors in Dallas say 61-year-old Leroy Nelson of DeSoto pleaded guilty to mail fraud and to engaging …

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Arson, Insurance Fraud

A resident of New Orleans, La., is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to multiple arson-for-insurance fraud schemes Anthony R. Thomas had been charged with multiple criminal counts for his involvement in a 2007 scheme to burn his rental property for …

IFPA: Insurance Fraud Reporting in Penn. Rose to All-Time High in 2013

The Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority (IFPA) announced this week that the reporting of insurance fraud in Pennsylvania increased to an all-time record-high in 2013. Reporting jumped by 9 percent to 3,582 fraud referrals in 2013 over the previous year, …

North Carolina Motorist Arrested for Alleged Auto Insurance Fraud

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced Wednesday the arrest of Tenquisha Shancaza Durham of Gastonia, N.C. She was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense. North Carolina’s Department of Insurance criminal investigators …

Son of New Yorker Who Faked Death in Insurance Scam Gets 1 Year in Jail

A suburban New York man who admitted helping his father fake his own drowning in a life insurance scam has been sentenced to a year in jail. Jonathan Roth of Massapequa, N.Y., apologized in court Tuesday. He admitted helping Raymond …

Iowa Insurance Agent Pleads Guilty to Crafting Bogus Policies

An insurance agent in northeast Iowa accused of creating fake life insurance policies to make more money has pleaded guilty to mail fraud. U.S. Attorney Kevin W. Techau says in a press release that 46-year-old Melissa Williams, of Dike, is …

Western N.Y. Man Accused of Faking Disability to Get Benefits

A western New York man says he’s been wrongly accused of faking a disability to obtain $9,000 a month in veterans’ and workers’ compensation benefits. Federal prosecutors in western New York announced fraud charges Feb. 28 against Richard Klaffka, of …

Illinois Pharmacist Sentenced to 7 Years for Identity Theft, Insurance Fraud

An Illinois pharmacist has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for stealing customers’ identities to make fake prescriptions and collect money from insurance companies. Federal prosecutors say 76-year-old Ronald Kielar of Mundelein collected more than $1.7 million by …

N.J. Insurance Adjuster Charged With Defrauding N.J. Turnpike Authority

Authorities announced the owner of a New Jersey-based insurance adjusting company was arrested Tuesday for allegedly defrauding the N.J. Turnpike Authority and certain insurance companies of more than $200,000. Robert Napolitano, 54, of Clifton, N.J., the owner of Dawn to …

Mass. Man Charged With Fraudulently Collecting $28K in Comp Benefits

A Quincy, Mass., man has been indicted on charges he fraudulently collected more than $28,000 in workers’ compensation benefits while working under a false identity, authorities announced. Paulo DaSilva, 53, is charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud and Larceny Over $250, …