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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, …

New Jersey Bill Making it a Crime to Falsely Register Cars in Other States Heads to Governor

New Jersey drivers who lie about where they garage and drive their vehicles to illicitly lower their auto premiums are a big step closer to facing stiff new penalties for being caught, according to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud. A …

Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Role in Arson, Fraud Plot Involving Overinsured Homes

A man implicated in an arson-and-fraud scheme when his clothes caught fire during a house blaze he helped set has pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and other charges. John S. Wayne, 31, of Kansas City, Missouri, entered the pleas Monday …

Commentary: Strategies to Keep SIU Focus on Point

Like a prize fighter waiting for the opportunity to land the right punch, Special Investigative Units (SIU) investigate questionable cases with the goal of shutting down a fraudulent claim or scheme. Such focus can lead to a concentration of effort …

Philadelphia Man Resentenced to Same Term in Bowling Alley Arson

The former owner of a southern New Jersey bowling alley who orchestrated an arson fire that destroyed a rival alley has been resentenced to the same term he received last year. An appellate court had directed state Superior Court Judge …

New York AG Named Prosecutor of the Year by Fraud Association

Cited for an aggressive campaign to counter auto and healthcare insurance fraud scams, the Office of Attorney General in New York was honored with the “Prosecutor of the Year” award by the New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud, a state …

Auto Injury Fraud and Buildup Add Up to $7.7B in Excess Claims Payments in 2012

According to a recent report released by Penn.-based Insurance Research Council (IRC), a nonprofit research organization funded by property/casualty insurers, auto injury fraud and buildup adds an estimated $5.6 and $7.7 billion in excess claims payments in 2012. The comprehensive …

Pennsylvania Man Allegedly Bought Car Insurance From Crash Scene

Authorities say a Pennsylvania man called an insurance company from a crash scene to buy auto coverage and later claimed his wreck happened after he got the policy. The Altoona Mirror reports that the insurance fraud charges filed this week …

Anti-Fraud Legislation Kicks Up in 3 States

Tim Lynch, government affairs director, for the National Insurance Crime Bureau, recently spoke to Claims Journal to discuss anti-fraud legislation in 2015. Although all is quiet on the federal level, there is significant activity among three key states. Minnesota has …