Calvin Jones set a Detroit office building on fire for an insurance payday. The structure collapsed onto firefighters caught inside. Seven were seriously injured, including one who was paralyzed.
It’s best to don hazmat suits before reading about the eight extreme schemers like Jones who were elected to the Insurance Fraud Hall of Shame.
The Hall of Shame annually dishonors the year’s most brazen, vicious or plain klutzy convicted insurance criminals. These are the year’s barons of bleak.
Their induction into the No-Class of 2012 puts a human face on this supposedly victimless crime. It helps brand insurance fraud as a costly and socially deviant offense by detailing true-life cases — and the damage these masters of disaster cause.
All were convicted or had other legal closure in the last year.
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Crooks fingered. Two cohorts sliced off a mentally disabled man’s hand with a tree-trimming saw to collect more than $670,000 in insurance money. Porky Weaver trusted one cohort like a father figure, who exploited that friendship in a crime that Porky only dimly understood.
Airbag con deflated. Dai Zhensong tried to flood the U.S. with useless knockoff Chinese airbags from his base in Chattanooga, Tenn. He thus exposed innocent motorists to potential death or injury during crashes. Several of his airbags spewed flames and shrapnel at crash dummies in federal tests after Zhensong was busted. Crooked body shops and others typically install such knockoffs but charge insurers full price.
X-rated park romp. Modupe Adunni Martin said she had a bad ankle injury and started collecting workers comp money. But surveillance caught her strolling out of the doctor’s office without crutches. Then she ran to a public park — in high heals — to meet her boyfriend, and gave him oral sex in a position that was medically impossible with her supposed injury.
About the author: Jim Quiggle is director of communications for the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud.