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Louisiana Police Arrest 34 for Insurance Fraud

Louisiana State Police say a two month investigation into insurance fraud and auto theft led to the arrest of 34 people across the state. Troopers say in news release its Insurance Fraud and Auto Theft unit investigated staged crashes, fraudulent …

New York Attorney General Announces Arrests in Staged Auto Accident Ring

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the arrests of five individuals for their alleged roles staging automobile accidents in Nassau and Suffolk counties to fraudulently receive insurance payouts totaling more than $100,000. The defendants, including alleged ringleader Jean …

6 Accused of Staging Accidents in New Jersey to Collect Insurance

State authorities say six Passaic County, N.J., residents played roles in a staged automobile accident scheme that defrauded two insurance companies out of more than $78,000. Acting state Attorney General John Hoffman announced the charges Monday. He said five of …

Commentary: The Rise in Insurance Fraud and How to Combat it

Recently, members of a Florida ring accused of staging fires and floods to make fraudulent home insurance claims were arrested. The suspects are accused of bilking homeowners insurers out of $7 million. Paul Bermingham, executive director of Xchanging Claims Services, …

Suit Accuses 46 Minnesota Chiropractors in Kickback Scheme

A federal lawsuit filed Monday accuses a diagnostic imaging company and 46 chiropractors of engaging in an elaborate kickback scheme aimed at defrauding Minnesota’s no-fault insurance system. The Insurance Federation of Minnesota says the $1.9 million lawsuit against Mobile Diagnostic …

Arizona Auto Body Shop Owner Charged in Staged Accidents and Identity Theft Cases

On September 16, 2013, the Arizona State Grand Jury charged Hugo Alejandro Mejia Regalado with several felonies involving fraud schemes, insurance fraud, forgeries, theft and aggravated identity theft. The case involved separate investigations conducted by State Farm Insurance and the …

Texas Man Accused of Role in Accident-Staging Scheme

A suburban Dallas man has been arrested and charged with multiple fraud counts that accuse him of devising and participating in a scheme to stage fraudulent vehicle crashes. A U.S. attorney’s office statement says Leroy Nelson was arrested Monday on …

Sixteen People Arrested on Federal Indictment Involving Multi-State Car Theft Conspiracy

Sixteen people have been arrested on a federal indictment charging twenty-one defendants involved in a multi-state car theft conspiracy.  The conspiracy is alleged to have utilized several different schemes to steal and misappropriate vehicles, commit bank fraud in order to …

Report Examines Connection Between Organized Crime and Insurance Fraud: NICB

There is a strong correlation between organized crime and staged auto accidents, according to a National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) report examining the impact organized crime groups have on insurance fraud. Covering the period from Jan. 1, 2008, through June …

Russian Student Charged in Alaska Crash Fraud

Federal prosecutors say a 26-year-old Russian man and accomplices staged at least a dozen Anchorage, Alaska, car crashes and collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages over two years. The Anchorage Daily News reports Rustem Mukhametshin was arrested Wednesday …