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Indiana Man Gets 9 1/2 Years for Car Crash Fraud Scheme

An Evansville, Ind., man has been sentenced to more than 91/2 years in prison for paying people to stage car crashes to defraud insurance companies. U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young sentenced 57-year-old Michael W. Burris Sr. to 115 months …

Missouri Insurance Agent Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Fraud

A Missouri insurance agent has been sentenced to prison for fraud following an investigation by the McDonald County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration (DIFP). Southwest Missouri insurance producer Brandon Gene Francisco was …

Texas ‘Affluenza’ Teen Sentenced to Nearly 2 Years in Jail

The Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck must serve nearly two years in jail, a judge ordered. Ethan Couch, who turned 19 on April 11, was making his first appearance in adult court. Initially, …

Man Who Drove Bugatti into Gulf Going to Prison for Insurance Fraud

An exotic car salvage yard owner in Lufkin, Texas, has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison after pleading guilty to insurance fraud. The Houston Chronicle reports that in November 2009, Andy House drove his sports …

Florida Man Gets 10 Years for West Virginia Pill Trafficking

A Florida man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for prescription pill trafficking and money laundering. Forty-six-year-old Lester W. Taylor of Daytona Beach, Fla., also was ordered in federal court in Charleston to pay a $10,000 fine. Prosecutors …

Insurance Fraud Leads to 2 Years in Prison for Dallas Homebuilder

A Dallas homebuilder has been sentenced to two years in prison for insurance fraud over false reports of more than $250,000 in materials stolen. Edward Adrian Abraham operated under the name of Park Cities Development Inc. Federal prosecutors in Dallas …

Contractor Sentenced to Prison in Michigan Asbestos Removal Case

A contractor has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for failing to properly remove asbestos from an old church in Bay City, Mich. The church was converted into a charter school, Bay City Academy. Roy Bradley Sr. was …

Kansas Hotel Owner Going to Prison for Hiring Illegal Workers

A suburban Kansas City hotel owner has been sentenced to 27 months in prison in a case that highlights the U.S. Justice Department’s shift to targeting employers who knowingly hire immigrants not authorized to work in the United States. Munir …

Texas Staged Accident Scam Leads to 9 Years in Prison

A Dallas-area man has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison for running a staged traffic accident insurance scam since 2005. Leroy Nelson of DeSoto must also repay nearly $5 million as part of sentencing announced Tuesday. The 61-year-old …

Missouri Contractor Going to Prison for Tornado Repair Fraud

A southwest Missouri contractor is going to prison for stealing more than $73,000 from an elderly Joplin couple who hired him to repair their home after the May 2011 tornado. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 59-year-old Terry Alton Parker, of …