Applicants for insurance in Kentucky have been put on notice: Lie and you may lose your freedom.
A woman who applied for a homeowners policy has been charged with failing to fully disclose her claims history. She faces five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Sadly, such cases are rare across the U.S. Fraud bureaus and prosecutors usually don’t consider them a priority. If more did, they would send a stronger signal that honesty is important. Underwriting fraud is basically a fairness issue. The cheats cause honest policyholders to subsidize the premiums of the dishonest.
Hats off to the Kentucky fraud bureau for taking this case. Details are below.
CORBIN WOMAN INDICTED FOR INSURANCE FRAUD
Allegedly falsified claims history information on application
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 11, 2008) – A Corbin woman is in custody after being indicted on a felony count of insurance fraud. According to court documents, Christine V. Young filled out an application for homeowners insurance coverage with State Farm Insurance Company stating that she and other household members had no losses for the past three years. She also allegedly stated that no insurer had refused to issue or renew coverage during that time period.
An investigation by the Kentucky Office of Insurance (KOI) Fraud Investigation Division found that another insurer canceled Young’s homeowners policy due to misrepresentations on the application. In addition, Young was directly or indirectly involved in at least four fire losses and one major theft loss during the three-year period.
She was arrested by a KOI fraud investigator and the Corbin City Police and is being held in the Knox County Jail. If found guilty, she faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.