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Arrests in California Fraud Ring Targeting Auto Dealers and Insurers

A four-year investigation into an organized fraud ring has uncovered a million-dollar scheme targeting high-end vehicles through auto loan and insurance fraud has led to several arrests, according to the California Department of Insurance. CDI said it executed coordinated arrest …

Investigation Finds Inspections Lacking for Rail Tanker Cleaning

Federal inspectors responsible for workplace safety appear not to know which firms and how many firms handle the dangerous task of cleaning the inside of railroad tankers that carry petrochemicals, a Houston Chronicle investigation has found. The Occupational Safety and …

Iowa Insurance Regulators Investigating Agency Accused of Overbilling

Iowa regulators are investigating an insurance agency accused of overbilling thousands of government employees for health care coverage. The Iowa Insurance Division is focused on Two Rivers Insurance Co. The agency had been acting as an independent agent selling insurance …

Feds Widen Probe Into North Dakota Brothers’ Alleged Crop Insurance Scam

Federal authorities have expanded the scope of their investigation into two brothers from North Dakota accused of intentionally destroying potatoes to collect crop insurance payments. The original indictment alleged that Aaron Johnson, 50, and Derek Johnson, 47, and their company, …

U.S. Agencies Join Probe of Fatal California FedEx/Bus Crash

FedEx Corp. will be in the spotlight of U.S. safety investigations operating alongside local law enforcement inquiries after a fiery truck-bus collision killed 10 people in California. Two federal agencies said that they were joining the probe into the April …

Minnesota Auditor Investigating Health Insurance Exchange, MNsure

Minnesota’s legislative auditor is conducting an investigation into the launch of MNsure, the state’s new online health insurance exchange. Since its launch, MNsure has been beset with problems such as a bug-ridden website, long wait times at its toll-free helpline, …

Investigation Reopened In 49ers Stadium Fatality

California labor officials have reopened an investigation into a deadly construction accident at the 49ers Levi’s Stadium, the first of two workplace fatalities on the site this year. The California Department of Occupational Safety and Health said Wednesday that it …

Further Investigation of Fertilizer Plant Blast Delayed

The partial government shutdown is delaying the federal investigation of the fertilizer plant explosion in West and efforts to improve chemical safety, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California said. Deadlines set by President Barack Obama for Cabinet members and agency heads …

Iowa Insurer’s Cash Reserve Size Questioned

Two state senators want Iowa to investigate whether the state’s dominant health insurer really needs $1.3 billion in reserves. Sens. Jack Hatch and Matt McCoy, both Des Moines Democrats, are skeptical about Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield‘s reserves because …

Agency Investigating Plant Blast Finds Lax Chemical Regulation

A federal agency investigating a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant will tell a Senate committee that regulation of the dangerous chemicals used in the industry fall under a “patchwork” of standards that are decades old and are far …