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Workers' Comp Fraud Busts
July 26, 2017
A nationwide crackdown on individuals who didn't meet the standards when it came to insurance licensing requirements in eight states netted 675 arrests. The raid, organized by the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA), attempted to level the playing field for contractors, protect consumers and discourage ...
Flashy lawyer’s $550-million disability con disabled
July 06, 2017
Hundreds lose coverage, feds demand hefty repay Where’s Eric Conn? The feds want to know. So do the Kentucky disability lawyer’s clients — hundreds, many stuck without disability money they desperately need to survive. Conn engineered the largest federal disability ripoff in U.S. history — nearly $600 million in pilfered ...
Alert: Don't Get Burned By These 5 Summer Insurance Schemes
June 22, 2017
Consumers Should Be On the Lookout for Scams Involving Shoddy Home Repairs After Storms; Medical & Medicare ID Theft Cons; Setup Car Crashes; and Bogus Auto Repairs WASHINGTON, June 22, 2017 — Insurance crooks are picking the pockets of consumers to line their own. Insurance fraud is ...
Hit-and-run drivers hide behind fake insurance claims
June 05, 2017
Pedestrians grievously hurt, drivers speed away, lie about collisions Dazed and fumbling after drinking at a party all night, Maxwell Materazzi-Hatala made a dumb choice to drive home. The Scranton, Pa.-area man rammed into a trash collector and crushed the city worker’s legs. Materazzi-Hatala then lied to his insurer ...
Doctor fakes death in Russia to avoid U.S. health charges
May 05, 2017
Lives on fake identity for years before being nabbed again Just 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 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 WASHINGTON, 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 Cheater mugs adjuster after bogus car-repair claim
March 08, 2017
Insurers honor Labrador retriever who sleuthed hundreds of arsons in 10-year career NEW 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
March 01, 2017
Violence a threat that all fraud fighters watch out for Prentice 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 ...
Cheater mugs adjuster after bogus car-repair claim