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Doctor fakes death in Russia to avoid U.S. health charges
May 05, 2017
Lives on fake identity for years before being nabbed again imageJust a small favor, Dr. Tigran Svadjian begged the feds. He was cornered for allegedly stealing nearly $2.5 million from California’s state-run health insurer. He was mixed up with a suspected Armenian mob-related medical fraud ring. The Newport ...

Prominent insurance-fraud attorney joins Coalition staff for government affairs
April 17, 2017
Matthew Smith pioneered full-service anti-fraud litigation for insurers image WASHINGTON, April 17, 2017 — Pioneering insurance-fraud attorney Matthew Smith has been named associate director of government affairs for the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud. Smith will help guide the Coalition’s legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts as well as serve as general ...

Report: Insurers need more consistency in combating life, disability scams
April 12, 2017
Some insurers, fraud bureaus have robust efforts, others lack resources & commitment imageWASHINGTON, April 12, 2017 — Combating fake deaths, murdered spouses and phony work injuries appears inconsistent and often under-resourced, reveals a new report on life and disability scamming issued by the Coalition Against Insurance ...

Unsober sober homes pimp addicts, gouge insurers
April 04, 2017

Foggy addicts laced with heroin and other opioid poison trooped to Kenny Chatman’s drug treatment center and sober homes, anxious for a clean life. Instead, Chatman plied them with more drugs and pimped out women in exchange for drug highs. The Palm Beach, Fla. entrepreneur kept his residents ...

Amazing Arson Dog Earns N.Y. Fraud Fighter Award
March 08, 2017
Insurers honor Labrador retriever who sleuthed hundreds of arsons in 10-year career imageNEW YORK, N.Y., March 8, 2017 — A remarkable arson dog whose nifty nose earned dozens of arson convictions was named New York’s top fraud fighter for 2016. The trained yellow Labrador retriever

Cheater mugs adjuster after bogus car-repair claim
March 01, 2017
Violence a threat that all fraud fighters watch out for imagePrentice E. Ponds was cornered. He’d just made an insurance claim for repairing his damaged Chevy Camaro. Insurer adjuster Mark Frayne visited his home. Frayne showed him photos proving the car was damaged before he bought it on ...

Grocery-store arson wrecks building, incinerates tenant
February 02, 2017
Duo ignites gasoline that exploded in botched insurance scam imageJamal Abu Samak blew up a New Orleans grocery store, firing up an insurance arson that went tragically wrong and incinerated a tenant living upstairs. Samak has lodged unappealing appeals for years in Hail Mary efforts to reduce his ...

8 Worst Insurance Criminals of 2016 Named
January 20, 2017
Extreme schemers reveal high costs of insurance scams in America imageWASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2017 — A home explodes ... hundreds of setup car crashes churn fake whiplash claims ... a helpless cerebral palsy patient starves to death. All for false insurance claims. These extreme schemers are among the eight worst ...

Neighborhood blows up in botched insurance arson
January 17, 2017
Ignited home’s natural gas line, burning next-door neighbors alive imageDid an arson fire or drone strike wreck the home in a tree-lined Indianapolis neighborhood? Hard to tell the difference. Bob Leonard helped open a natural gas line inside the home. He wanted to trigger an arson blaze for ...

Epic crash ring braked after $279-million whiplash spree
January 17, 2017
Hundreds of crashes staged for fake whiplash insurance claims imageMichael Danilovich viewed auto insurers as his personal piñatas. The New York man staged hundreds car crashes. He helped mastermind the largest no-fault looting of insurers from setup car wrecks in U.S. history.  It was a behemoth $279-million binge of ...