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New Jersey Diner Owner Charged With Arson, Insurance Fraud

Authorities say a New Jersey diner owner has been charged with burning down the restaurant to collect insurance money. The New Jersey Herald reports that Tina Diakos was arrested and charged on May 13 with setting the March 8 fire …

Large Staged Collision Insurance Fraud Ring in California Busted

Detectives from the California Department of Insurance arrested more than two dozen people on multiple felony counts of insurance fraud for allegedly staging auto collisions to scam more than four insurance companies out of tens of thousands of dollars. The …

New York Prison Guard Accused of Workers’ Comp Fraud

New York’s inspector general says a state prison guard has been charged with fraud and grand larceny, accused of stealing more than $38,000 in sick leave and workers’ compensation benefits by falsifying medical records. Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott says …

Former N.J. Chiropractor Accused of Role in $4M Insurance Fraud Ring

New Jersey authorities say a chiropractor whose license was revoked more than a decade ago played a role in a medical fraud ring that allegedly stole nearly $4 million from insurance companies. Philip Potacco faces numerous counts, including conspiracy and …

Former Connecticut Agency Owner Gets More Than 6 Years for Fraud Scheme

A Connecticut insurance agent authorities say defrauded a specialty lender, insurance carriers, the city of Hartford and the state of Connecticut out of more than $2 million to fund a lavish lifestyle has been sentenced to more than six years …

New Jersey Woman Gets 3 Years for False Stolen-Car Claim

A Newark, New Jersey, woman who falsely reported her car had been stolen so she could get an insurance settlement is now headed to state prison. State authorities say 58-year-old Janette Bautista received a three-year term. She had pleaded guilty …

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 …