Ok, so insurance fraud steals $80 billion a year.
Impressive number. Helpful to know — though hardly a rousing battle cry.
As a wise person said … Stats are like a drunk using a lamppost — for support, not illumination.
So what makes our blood boil? Let’s look at true-life fraud cases. They show how seedy and sleazy fraud really is. And the innocent people who are damaged by this supposedly victimless crime.
Check out the Insurance Fraud Hall of Shame — the No-Class of 2015. Real cases … real victims … real damage.
Will you be next?
Financially strapped, Mark Leonard tried to burn down his Indianapolis home for $300,000 of insurance money. He blew it — literally. The home exploded, leveling much of the neighborhood and incinerating two neighbors.
Dion Longworth lived next door. He was trapped inside his burning basement, begging firefighters to free him. Too late — Dion was burned alive. His wife Jennifer died when the super-heated insurance blast first crashed into their home.
Gloria Lee tried to burn 28 terrified puppies in their cages at her Las Vegas pet store. Luckily Lee’s own fire sprinklers helped douse the flames in time.
Spine surgeon Dr. Aria Sabit sliced open perfectly healthy people, pretending to operate on their spines. The Detroit doc also botched surgeries of patients who needed spine fusions. All for $32 million of insurance money.
Patients were left disfigured and in permanent pain. Some needed more pain-filled surgeries to correct the damage Sabit caused.
Sure, these are the extremest schemers … the masters of disaster. Yet many more innocent people are being scammed around the U.S. Some more, some less — though victims all.
So why worry about insurance fraud? We all could be next. In fact you already are … higher insurance premiums are draining your bank accounts.
Stay alert and fight back. Let’s all help make insurance fraud a dead-end street instead of a fast road to riches.
About the author: Jim Quiggle is director of communications for the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud.