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Mob sidekick stages crashes with deer parts
October 03, 2016
image“I live my life to cheat insurance companies. My high every day is to cheat insurance companies.” So went the mantra of body-shop owner and reputed Philadelphia mob associate Ron Galati.  Galati’s rambling insurance con read like a cheap detective novel. “Staggering” was how one prosecutor described ...

Calif. Enacts New Airbag Fraud Law In Growth Trend
September 28, 2016
States racing to enact laws criminalizing installing worthless knockoff bags imageWASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 — California became the fourth state to enact a life-saving law criminalizing airbag scams this year in a spreading trend, the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud announced. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation’s most-expansive airbag bill into ...

Pa. Airbag-Fraud Bill Would Help Knock out Knockoffs
September 28, 2016
Coalition urges state Senate passage to protect consumers from shady body shops imageWASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 — Making airbag scams a specific crime in Pennsylvania will save lives and deal a blow to insurance scams, the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud has urged the state senate majority leader. “Airbags protect ...

Nominees Sought For Fraud Prosecutor of Year Award
September 28, 2016
Encourages best courtroom practices against insurance fraud criminals imageWASHINGTON, Sept 27, 2016 — Nominations are being accepted for the Prosecutor of the Year Award sponsored by the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud. The award honors prosecutors who go above and beyond in convicting insurance scammers in the prior year. ...

Healthcare scams: 800-pound gorilla of fraud world
September 16, 2016
What led to creation of Coalition? imageThe Coalition is unifying the fight against insurance fraud, and protecting consumers. We’re doing so by bringing consumers, insurers and government agencies together — force-multiplying their efforts. It all started back in 1993. Insurers and consumers were at odds over many ...

Soldier fakes injury to steal Purple Heart, disability money
September 02, 2016
imageA rocket exploded by Army soldier Darryl Lee Wright’s Humvee while he was patrolling in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The blast knocked him unconscious, scattering rubble and debris everywhere, he said. The Seattle man ended up with post-traumatic stress syndrome and a brain injury, he said. Wright ...

Doc makes fortune from worthless mental-illness drugs
August 02, 2016
imageMental illness made Dr. Fernando Mendez-Villamil rich and taxpayers that much poorer.  The Miami psychiatrist spooned out epidemic levels of antipsychotic drugs to seniors in Medicare and lower-income people in Medicaid. Mendez-Villamil became a national icon of overprescribing. He peddled nearly 97,000 scripts for powerful anti-psychotic drugs to Medicaid ...

Cohesive Partnerships Key To Combating Fraud
July 18, 2016
Joint efforts advancing battle against insurance-fraud epidemic imageWASHINGTON, July 18, 2016 — The growing number of partnerships within the insurance fraud-fighting community is a key reason for many recent successes in battling this crime. Many of those successes were highlighted in the 2015 annual report of the Coalition ...

Healthy ways to protect against unhealthy Medicare cons
July 15, 2016
Medicare loses about $68 billion to fraud each year, says the National Heath Care Anti-Fraud Association. These large costs are a threat to the nation’s economy. National healthcare expenditures surpassed an estimated $3 trillion in 2014, and this spending increases inflation. And it was projected to grow a ...

Anti-fraud groups: allow EUOs without court order
July 13, 2016
imageRequiring court orders stymies fraud investigations, encourages litigation WASHINGTON, July 12, 2016 — Examinations under oath help insurers combat fraud and should be allowed without requiring time-consuming court orders in Kentucky, the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud and National Insurance Crime Bureau say in a joint amicus ...