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Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Arson, Insurance Fraud

A western Missouri man has admitted leading a conspiracy to buy cheap houses and set them on fire to collect nearly $435,000 in insurance benefits. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 27-year-old Joshua Stamps, of Independence, pleaded guilty in federal court …

Kia’s Dancing Hamster Nabbed in California on Insurance Fraud

Leroy Barnes, 27, of Los Angeles, known as one of the dancing hamsters in Kia car commercials, was arrested on insurance fraud charges related to his alleged fraudulent collection of state disability insurance benefits. Barnes is suspected of deceiving his …

Maine Man Sentenced to 1 Year in Jail, $50K Restitution for Comp Fraud

A Maine man was sentenced this week in Aroostook County Superior Court to serve 42 months in jail, with all but one year suspended for workers’ compensation fraud. Workers’ comp insurer MEMIC — whose special investigation unit had examined the …

41 Charged for Multi-Million Dollar Auto Insurance Fraud Scheme in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia district attorney’s office has charged 41 people for what prosecutors described as a multi-million dollar auto insurance fraud scheme. Prosecutors allege Ronald Galati Sr. and his co-conspirators ran their fraud scheme from Galati’s auto repair shop, American Collision …

Dr. Phil Show Appearance Lands South Dakota Woman in Prison

An appearance on the Dr. Phil television show has cost a South Dakota woman her freedom. Mandi Jackson, 38, was on probation for forging checks from a Rapid City cosmetology school and defrauding an insurance company when she went to …

Health Insurance Broker in N.J. Admits Pocketing Nearly $1M

Federal prosecutors say an insurance broker has admitted stealing nearly $1 million while selling health care coverage he knew was fake. Seventy-year-old David Clark of Morristown, N.J., pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He faces up to …

Oklahoma Insurance Agent Pleads Guilty in $300K Fraud Case

A Tulsa insurance agent has pleaded guilty to exploitation of the elderly for defrauding a Muskogee couple out of nearly $300,000, the Oklahoma Insurance Department announced. Presley Keith Dennis was arrested in January after an investigation by the department’s anti-fraud …

Former CFO of Prominent NYC Charity Admits Guilt in Thefts

Another former executive of a prominent New York City charity has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and grand larceny in what authorities now call a scheme to steal $9 million over two decades. Herbert Friedman, ex-chief financial officer of the Metropolitan …

Auto Accident Insurance Scheme Busted in New Jersey; 12 Facing Charges

A doctor, a lawyer and two chiropractors are among 12 people facing charges stemming what authorities say was a scheme in New Jersey to recruit motor vehicle accident victims as patients. New Jersey Acting Attorney General John Hoffman’s office says …

Ohio Man Sentenced for Theft in $9,000 Insurance Fraud Case

Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced that Cleveland resident John Deskins was sentenced to two years of probation in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court for theft in an insurance fraud case. Evidence gathered by the …