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Former Iowa Insurance Claims Rep Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charge

A former claims representative in West Des Moines, Iowa, has pleaded guilty to defrauding an insurance company, the Iowa Insurance Division reported. Cora Harrington entered a guilty plea on June 25, 2018 to Fraudulent Practices in the 2nd Degree, a …

Unlicensed Massachusetts Contractor Pleads Guilty to Dozens of Charges

An unlicensed home improvement contractor who left an elderly woman’s home in ruins has pleaded guilty. The Salem News reports that 49-year-old Jaime Ford’s guilty pleas Monday to 42 charges including larceny, forgery, insurance fraud, and being a common and …

Guilty Plea in Arkansas U-Haul Rental Insurance Scam

A Jonesboro, Ark., woman has been sentenced to five years’ probation, court costs and restitution after pleading guilty to her role in a staged automobile accident in 2014 involving a U-Haul rental. Jennifer Haggins, 31, entered a plea of guilty …

Third Person Pleads Guilty in Kansas City Arson, Insurance Fraud Scheme

A Kansas City man has pleaded guilty to participating in a $235,000 arson and insurance fraud conspiracy. Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Joseph Levi Little is the third person to plead guilty in the scheme. Tina Shonk, of Independence, was sentenced …

Black Elk Energy Agrees to $4.2M Penalty Over Deadly Gulf Oil Platform Fire

An energy company pleaded guilty on May 12 to safety and environmental charges, agreeing to a $4.2 million penalty and avoiding manslaughter charges in connection with a 2012 offshore oil platform fire that killed three workers. Court documents show Houston-based …

Ohio Physician Pleads Guilty to Role in Pill Mill

Margaret Temponeras, 52, of Portsmouth, Ohio, has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, which she did through a pain clinic and dispensary, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Southern District …

Convicted Ohio Burglar Pleads Guilty to Workers’ Comp Fraud

A Cincinnati man serving time in an Indiana prison for burglary got a short break from prison March 9, but only to plead guilty to workers’ compensation fraud in an Ohio courtroom, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation reported. John …

Louisiana Woman Pleads Guilty in Texas in Opioid Pill Mill Case

Carolina Giselle Berrio, a/k/a “Carolina Slocum Berrio,” “Karrie,” 37, of Lafayette, Louisiana is the latest defendant to plead guilty to being involved in a large opioid “pill mill” operation, according to U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of …

Guilty Plea Expected for Fire at North Dakota Somali Restaurant

An attorney for a Minnesota man accused of firebombing a Somali restaurant across the North Dakota border in Grand Forks said that any racial overtones were overblown by people who aren’t familiar with the case. Defense attorney Ted Sandberg made …

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. …