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New York’s Ethan Allen Insurance Fraud Case Cited in ‘Panama Papers’

An insurance scam that involved selling bogus liability policies — including one to the operator of the New York tour boat Ethan Allen before it sank in 2005 — has gotten a mention in the data leak dubbed “Panama Papers.” …

Former Oklahoma Insurance Agent Pleads Guilty to $500K Scam

A former insurance agent in Oklahoma has pleaded guilty to scamming $505,126.43 from his clients, the Oklahoma Insurance Department announced. A joint investigation including the OID’s Anti-Fraud Unit led to the charges against Gary Edward Hibbing, 52, formerly of Grove. …

6 North Carolina Residents Accused of Staging Car Accident

Four North Carolina individuals have been arrested in connection with an alleged staged auto accident, according to North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. Investigators are still seeking two other suspects in association with the case. Investigators accuse the group of …

North Carolina Resident Accused of Using Insurance Claim Check for Personal Use

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced the arrest of Alison Keli Underwood, 24, of Asheboro, N.C.; she is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense. NCDOI criminal investigators accuse Underwood of fraudulently obtaining $7,452.85 from Cincinnati …

Indictment: Former N.J. Insurance Salesman Stole Elderly Woman’s Savings

An insurance salesman in New Jersey whose license was revoked for defrauding elderly clients is now facing charges that he stole the $305,000 life savings of a 90-year-old family friend, state authorities said Monday. Robert Berlin faces several counts in …

Former Iowa Firefighter Again Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud

A former Iowa firefighter pleaded guilty to insurance fraud related to a string of cases spanning Buchanan, Clayton and Delaware counties, the Iowa Department of Insurance reported. Terry Russell Groth, a former Strawberry Point firefighter, entered the plea on Feb. …

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner: Man Scammed Moore Tornado Victims

An Oklahoma City man is facing felony charges for scamming a Moore couple out of $3,577.53. The money was part of the insurance settlement the couple received after their home was damaged in the March 25, 2015 tornado. “We will …

North Carolina Couple Charged with Defrauding Insurance Company

A Fayetteville, North Carolina, couple is accused by authorities of trying to defraud an insurance company after submitting altered receipts for property they said was stolen. The Fayetteville Observer reports Maria Alta Bruno and Luidor Lamour, both 34, are charged …

North Carolina Man Charged with Insurance Fraud Over Stolen Trailer Claim

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced the arrest of Dale McKinley Montford, 55, of Jacksonville; he is charged with two counts of insurance fraud and one count each of obtaining property by false pretense, attempting to obtain property by …

Survey Shows Many Americans Fine with Lying to the IRS, or Their Insurer

Call it a “little green lie.” A number of Americans apparently find it acceptable to lie when there’s money at stake. A survey of 2,115 American adults from NerdWallet conducted in February shows a surprising number of people will fib …