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Inspector General in New York named “Fraud Fighter of the Year”
March 16, 2016
Award bestowed by New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud imageMarch 16, 2016, New York, NY — Cited for an aggressive campaign to counter workers-compensation scams throughout the state, New York Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott was honored with the “Fraud Fighter of the Year” award by the New ...


Innocent patients die from Medicare, Medicaid looting
March 01, 2016
imageRafael Chikvashvili holds a PhD in math. He thought he was smart enough to steal $7.5 million from Medicare and Medicaid. Yet the numbers whiz sorely miscalculated. His con killed two patients, sending him to federal prison possibly for life. The Baltimore-area brainiac ran an imaging firm called ...


Football coach now role-models insurance felony
February 01, 2016
Inspired impoverished kids to championships, then lies about stolen ATV imageBeto Mejia coached a tiny high school in an impoverished California farm valley to improbable heights as football champions. He gained national attention as an inspiring role model to his players. ESPN did a documentary, and there ...


Social-marketing campaigns taking on small-time crimes
January 15, 2016
State agency changes consumer attitudes, behavior about fraud in Pennsylvania imageAbstract: Social marketing influences behaviors that benefit the target consumers and society as a whole. Using social marketing to encourage behavior change increasingly is common and effective. Most insurance scams reported to the Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority ...


A bird’s-eye view: using drones to fight fraud
January 15, 2016
imageAbstract: The Federal Aviation Administration has approved exemptions for several top carriers and other firms to allow drone usage. More approvals will continue expanding the field of early adopters. Fraud investigations will benefit from advances in emergency and catastrophe response which have taken precedence in drone research ...


Stating a strong case for insurers using state whistleblower laws against fraudsters
January 15, 2016
California, Illinois let insurers sue fraudsters on behalf of the state imageAbstract: Insurance companies may find it in their interest to use state qui tam laws in California and Illinois to file whistleblower lawsuits and recover funds stolen through fraud. Whistleblower lawsuits in those states allow private insurers ...


Rideshare scams underway and growing; Insurers must defend against losses
January 15, 2016
Drivers falsely use personal auto policies for rideshare damage, injury claims imageAbstract: Ridesharing is a new livery-type transportation service, controlled by smartphone apps. The potential for fraud is significant, and scams already are underway. Drivers are lying on applications and renewals for personal auto coverage, stating they aren’t ...


TrendWatch: New developments about fraud in America
January 15, 2016
More workers being misclassified for fraud schemes imageMisclassifying employees to steal workers compensation money is increasing in hotspot industries in which the schemes are known to be profitable, says a report by the Economic Policy Institute.1 And Internet-enabled employee relationships help perpetrators hide much of ...


High-flying brokers fall flat
January 07, 2016
imageInsurance broker Jeffrey Cohen got drunk with ambition when insuring bars and nightclubs. The Baltimore-area man stole more than $100 million of insurance premiums that clients depended on to protect them from costly liability claims. At least 4,000 clients were victimized; many were small outfits, scratching out a ...


Nine extremist schemers of 2015 elected to Insurance Fraud Hall of Shame
December 29, 2015
Most-brazen convicted insurance scammers of 2015 recognized by Coalition Against Insurance Fraud imageWASHINGTON, Dec. 29, 2015 — Blown-up houses, staged wrecks and bogus spine surgeries were among the damage inflicted by nine convicted scammers newly selected to the Insurance Fraud Hall of Shame. They were enshrined by the Coalition ...


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