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Widow Sentenced to 4 Years for Connecticut Mansion Arson

A widowed mother of two from Florida has been sentenced to four years in prison for burning down her former million-dollar home in Connecticut for the insurance money. The Connecticut Post reports that 39-year-old Amanda Azevedo pleaded with a state …

Former Allstate Adjuster Arrested for Insurance Fraud in Georgia

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens announced the arrest of an insurance claims adjuster and her accomplice brother for allegedly stealing more than $79,000 from her former employer. Arleatha Martin of Macon, and her brother Christopher Lorenzo Battle of Locust Grove, …

Former Georgia Mayor Charged With 12 Counts of Insurance Fraud

The former mayor of Milledgeville, Ga., has turned himself in to face a dozen charges of insurance fraud. The Macon Telegraph reports 52-year-old Richard Bentley was booked at Baldwin County Jail on Monday. Officers say Bentley is under arrest for …

Men Indicted for Causing Train Wreck in Insurance Fraud Scheme

Two men in South Carolina face seven federal charges after authorities say they parked a car on train tracks, causing an Amtrak train to derail, then came back and claimed they were injured in the crash. Prosecutors say 33-year-old James …

Studies Reveal User Mistakes Aid Most Cyberattacks

When a cyber security breach hits the news, those most closely involved often have incentive to play up the sophistication of the attack. If hackers are portrayed as well-funded geniuses, victims look less vulnerable, security firms can flog their products …

Device Reputation Aids UK Insurer in Busting Crash for Cash Scheme

As insurance fraud continues to evolve more aspects of the crime involve digital technology. In the UK, where a considerable amount of policies are generated through online transactions, much can be learned about the customer through the devices used to …

Commentary: 4 Reasons Why Insurers Should Incentivize Third Party Inventories

As many insurers are well aware, few homeowners are fully prepared when disaster strikes. Jay Straughan, Enservio’s vice president of claims, was recently quoted as saying “almost none of the insureds he encounters have property inventory lists.” Even if these …

Jewelry Expert Testifies in $20M Insurance Fraud Fires Case

A local GOP fundraiser charged in a $20 million insurance scheme after three mansion fires in five years cursed and discussed the Mafia while meeting with a jewelry appraiser about her claims, the appraiser testified Tuesday. Claire Risoldi’s “salty language” …

Media Portrayal of Workers’ Comp Fraud Impacts Real Life Claims

The depiction of workers’ compensation fraud in television shows has impacted the public’s perception of the crime, said two experts during a session on the subject at the Combined Claims Conference held recently in Orange County, California. While workers’ comp …

Georgia Residents Arrested for Staging Car Crash

Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says seven central Georgia residents accused of staging a car crash have been charged with insurance fraud. An investigation by Hudgens’ Fraud Division revealed that on September 5, 2013, Kokeythia B. Glover, Stephanie James, Alicia Bell, …