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Illinois Landlord Convicted in 2010 Apartment Fire Deaths

A suburban Chicago, Ill., landlord was found guilty Monday in the deaths of seven people for a Valentine’s Day 2010 apartment building fire that prosecutors said was set for insurance money. Lawrence Myers, 64, was found guilty of seven counts …

Former Owner of Texas Chiropractic Clinic Gets Prison for Fraud Scam

The ex-owner of a Central Texas chiropractic clinic has been sentenced to nearly seven years in federal prison in an automobile insurance scam. Edward Graham of Bryan was sentenced Monday in Houston. The former operator of the Texas Avenue Chiropractic …

Appeals Court Upholds West Virginia Arson Convictions

A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of a West Virginia man who hired his neighbors to burn his duplex to collect insurance money. Michael L. White of Chapmanville is serving 61/2 years in federal prison after being convicted …

Taking the Journey from Fraud Prevalence to Fraud Prevention

Insurers are inundated with varying estimates of the magnitude of fraud perpetrated against the industry, and are aware at a high level of the likely scale of effects on their businesses and therefore the bottom line. Such estimates can be …

California Woman Charged in Coffee Burn Insurance Fraud Scam

Prosecutors say they have grounds to charge a Southern California woman who claimed she scalded her hand with McDonald’s coffee. Thirty-eight-year-old Selena Edwards of Victorville was charged last month with 21 felony counts of insurance and worker’s compensation fraud. Authorities …

Vigil Marks 2 Years Since Fatal Indianapolis Blast

Hundreds of neighbors and relatives walked the streets of an Indianapolis subdivision hit by a large explosion two years ago before gathering for a ceremony remembering a couple killed in the blast. Luminaries lined the sidewalks of the Richmond Hill …

Arizona Auto Body Shop Owner Accused of Fraud

Authorities say the owner of a Phoenix, Ariz., auto body shop is accused of staging car accidents and collecting on fraudulent insurance claims. Arizona Department of Insurance investigators say 33-year-old Guillermo “Willie” Altamirano allegedly staged crashes to collect at least …

New Jersey Psychologist Faces Insurance Fraud Charges

Authorities in Monmouth County have accused a psychologist of submitting approximately 120 fraudulent insurance claims totaling more than $15,000. Prosecutors have charged 62-year-old Edward Merski of Old Bridge with healthcare claims fraud, insurance fraud, theft by deception and witness tampering. …

Disaster Fraud Focus of Louisiana Insurance Fraud Conference

Disaster fraud was discussed at length at the 2014 Conference on Insurance Fraud & Auto Theft held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana last month. Walter Green, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana said the National Center for Disaster Fraud …

North Carolina Woman Arrested for Alleged Insurance Fraud

A North Carolina woman was arrested and charged with one felony count each of insurance fraud, attempting to obtain property by false pretense and uttering of a forged document, according to Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. Department of Insurance criminal investigators …