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Coalition: Holding fraud fighters liable for bad faith gives free pass to fraudsters
January 25, 2019
Personal liability will erode fraud fight, raise premiums for consumers WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 25, 2019 — Fraud fighting likely will be seriously compromised if a state court ruling allowing bad-faith suits against insurer employees is allowed to stand, the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud warns Washington state’s highest court. The court ruling ...
Taking down largest federal disability scam in U.S. history earns legal team top fraud prosecutor award
January 10, 2019
Kentucky lawyer ran $550-million insurance-fraud scam, earns 27 years in prison WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2018 — Taking down the largest federal disability scheme in U.S. history — a $550-million behemoth — has earned two prosecutors the Prosecutor of the Year Award from the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud. Dustin Davis and ...
9 Most-brazen insurance fraudsters voted into New York's insurance legion of shame
January 02, 2019
ALBANY, Jan. 2, 2019 — A medical ring steals $279 million in false whiplash claims. A man burns down his house for insurance because the place had code violations. A woman hires a hitman to murder her own mother for $30,000 of life-insurance money. They’re among the 9 most-brazen insurance fraudsters ...
Politicos sell out trust, integrity for insurance money
January 01, 2019
Insurance scams, bribery and graft mark downfall of politicos embroiled in fraud schemes Tony Matula wants his job back. He was a councilman for the city of Lebanon, Pa. Then panic and greed derailed his career when he made a false damage claim after crashing his car into ...
Insurance Fraud Grinches:9 Most-Brazen Insurance Scammers Of 2018
December 12, 2018
Consumers advised how to avoid scams, especially during the holidays WASHINGTON, D.C., December 12, 2018 — The holiday season rang in with the year’s 9 most-brazen insurance-fraud grinches taking short sleigh rides for long prison terms after foisting outsized and elf-delusional insurance thefts. America’s extreme insurance schemers were inducted into the
Sick health plan sticks desperate victims with large medical bills
December 01, 2018
Promises full benefits, bilks 17,000 consumers with fake health coverage Oklahoma real-estate agent Bob Harper was desperate. His heart was failing. He was just days from having his heart pacemaker implanted, only to discover his health policy was worthless. A Houston man had emergency back surgery, and his health ...
Disabled Kentuckians destitute when $550-million disability con busted
November 01, 2018
Lawyer bribes judge, docs to game federal disability and steal large payouts Impoverished Kentucky coal miners scraped by with crippling injuries and pain, scratching out a sparse living in a declining industry with jobs disappearing. Along came flamboyant lawyer Eric Conn. He launched an ad blitz that promised folks ...
Two firefighters die as burning nail salon collapses
October 01, 2018
Owner made living torching salons for insurance, handed 74 years in prison
What desperate emotions flashed through firefighters Larry Leggio and John Mesh as the burning nail salon’s brick wall crashed down on them? Did they even have time for such emotions?
Flames shot through a nail salon that ...
Home arsons are fiery family affairs in West Virginia
September 01, 2018
Lester family buys three homes for cheap, torches for inflated claims The Lesters were a well-known family in parts of Southern West Virginia. Especially, patriarch Windel Lester sat on the board of a local bank. He also owned a hardware store and sold mobile homes. Windel thought big, as ...
Sprinklers splash doomed pizzeria insurance arson
August 02, 2018
Owner muffs blaze ineptly planned to look like a grease fire
If Mustafa Zabana cooked pizza with the skill he used to fry his pizza shop, he should be selling furniture or shoes instead.
The Iraqi national owned Bruno’s Pizza in a strip ...