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Texas DOI Reports Top 10 Insurance Fraud Cases of 2017

In 2017, Texas Department of Insurance fraud investigations resulted in 135 suspects referred for prosecution, 113 indictments, and $2.3 million in court-ordered restitution for victims. Those cases included: Gainesville clinic owner Mark Allen Cox pleaded guilty to insurance fraud and …

Vacancy Exclusion Applies to Vandalism But Not Arson Loss

A federal court in Ohio, faced with the question of whether a vacancy exclusion applied in the case of arson, a matter of first impression in that state, attempted without success to get the answer from the Supreme Court of …

Arsonists Plague Illinois City

Dealing with a fire can be a serious problem on its own and becomes even more intense when people set buildings ablaze deliberately. That’s the issue in South Peoria, Ill., in late 2016 and earlier this year when a rash …

Fraud News: Arson, Workers’ Comp Premium Evasion, Hurricane Isaac Scam

Washington Firm Owes $12K for Trying to Skip Out on Paying Workers’ Comp Premiums The co-owner of a Mill Creek housecleaning business has been ordered to pay the state more than $11,700 for trying to evade workers’ comp insurance bills. …

Fraud News: Fake Auto Claims, Arson and Allstate Files RICO Suit

Mother and Son Sentenced for California Auto Insurance Fraud Scheme Henrietta Silva and her son, Peter, were sentenced recently in the San Diego Superior Court after submitting multiple fraudulent auto insurance claims. Henrietta was sentenced to serve 270 days in …

New York Arson Dog Awarded Top Fraud Fighter Award

A remarkable arson dog, whose nifty nose earned dozens of arson convictions, was named New York’s top fraud fighter for 2016. Scooter, a trained yellow Labrador Retriever had a memorable 10-year career before passing away in October 2016. She investigated …

Fraud Around the Nation: Arson, Assault and Employee Defrauds Insurer

North Dakota Man Assaults Friend Then Scams Insurer A North Dakota man was arrested and charged with insurance fraud, according to an announcement by the state’s insurance department. Weston Aho was charged with insurance fraud, a class C felony, and …

More Insurers Adopting Predictive Analytics to Combat Fraud

Declining cost barriers, the availability of cloud storage and telematics will likely increase predictive analytic adoption rates, according to Dan Donovan, assistant vice president of Claims Solutions at Verisk Insurance Solutions. Though predictive modeling has been used for some time …

Fraud News Around the Nation

New Jersey Man Gets Prison Term for Role in High-end Vehicle Theft Ring A man involved in a ring that carjacked or stole high-end vehicles and sold them overseas is now headed to prison. Donell Carroll received a 10-year sentence …

Fraud News Around the Nation

Massachusetts Police Sergeant Gets Jail Term in Insurance Fraud Scheme Massachusetts police sergeant has been sentenced to serve half a year in a county jail after he was convicted of lying about an on-duty accident and accepting insurance money for …