Arson News

California Family Arson Ring Charged in $4M Insurance Fraud Scam

Tyler Chen and his wife, Kim were arraigned in court this week in the Santa Clara County Superior Court following their arrest on multiple felony counts of insurance fraud and arson for their role in allegedly setting fires in a …

Florida Arson Ring Busted

Operation Rent-To-Burn: $187,000 Arson-for-Profit Crime Ring Taken Down Three Florida residents were arrested following a joint investigation conducted by the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Economic Crimes Bureau Arson Squad and CFO Jimmy Patronis’ Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations. Yamina Grafal, …

Fraud News: Arson, Auto Fraud Ring Sentencing, False Billing Scam

Iowa Woman Sentenced to Prison for Insurance Fraud A Camanche, Iowa, woman has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for carrying out insurance fraud involving a fire that destroyed her boyfriend’s vacant house. Federal prosecutors for Iowa say …

Fraud News: Arson, Public Adjuster Pockets Over $1M in Insurance Proceeds

Two Plead Guilty to Insurance Fraud by Arson Two men pled guilty today in federal court for their respective roles in a scheme to commit insurance fraud by arson, announced United States Attorney Michael B. Stuart. Dudley Bledsoe, age 63, …

Fraud News: Lapsed Policy Scam, Faked Attack for Workers’ Comp, Arson

Idaho Man Sentenced for Insurance Fraud Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced an Ada County man was sentenced Friday, February 16, for one count of Insurance Fraud. Fourth District Judge Peter Barton sentenced 33-year-old Edward J. Castagno, of Boise, after …

Man Convicted in Deadly 2012 Indiana House Blast Dies in Prison

The man who authorities said was the mastermind behind a deadly 2012 house explosion in Indianapolis was found dead in prison Tuesday, an Indiana Department of Correction spokesman said. Mar Leonard, 48, was found dead around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at …

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. …