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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 …

Cross-Border Claims Frustrate Auto Carriers

Staged automobile accidents in Canada’s most populated province of Ontario pose a unique problem for American auto insurers that must deal with Ontario’s stringent no-fault benefits. Some U.S.-based adjusters may be unfamiliar with the Canadian insurance system and not understand …

Oregon Man Sentenced in Used-Car Insurance Scheme

A Eugene man has been convicted of an insurance scheme in which he bought and insured used cars and staged accidents between them, claiming money for the damage. The Eugene Register-Guard reports a judge has sentenced Timothy Huntley to more …