Arson News

Court Says Policy’s Vandalism Exclusion Doesn’t Bar Coverage for Arson

Setting fire to a house is much more than an act of vandalism and if insurers want to exclude such damage from coverage they had best use the term “arson” in policy exclusions, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals …

Jury to Restart Deliberations in Oakland Warehouse Fire Case

OAKLAND, Calif. — Three jurors were dismissed Monday for undisclosed reasons on the 10th day of deliberations in the trial of two men charged in the deaths of 36 partygoers from a fire inside a cluttered San Francisco Bay Area …

Honolulu Authorities Investigate Arsons at 3 Waikiki Hotels

HONOLULU — Honolulu police said Wednesday surveillance video recorded images of the same man at three different high-rise hotels near Waikiki Beach where fires were intentionally set in recent days. Two rooms were burglarized while guests were evacuated from one …

Third Defendant Convicted in California Arson Fraud Scheme

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced the last of three defendants involved in an arson fraud scheme, which led to seven Sacramento fires, to four years, nine months in prison. U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. also ordered 76-year-old …

Son of Sheriff’s Deputy Charged with Burning 3 Louisiana Black Churches

The son of a sheriff’s deputy was charged with burning down three predominately black churches in southern Louisiana over the past two weeks, officials said on Thursday, saying they acted quickly out of concern he would strike again. Holden Matthews, …

Fraud News: Fake Fall, Arson, Payroll Misrepresentation

New Jersey Man Fakes Fall for Insurance Money Police have arrested a New Jersey man who they say faked a slip and fall at a business to get insurance money. Prosecutors say the 57-year-old Randolph man was subcontracted to work …

New York’s 9 Worst Insurance Fraudsters of 2018

A medical ring steals $279 million in false whiplash claims. A man burns down his house for insurance because the place had code violations. A woman hires a hitman to murder her own mother for $30,000 of life-insurance money. They’re …

Coalition Against Insurance Fraud: Top 9 Insurance Scammers Of 2018

The holiday season rang in with the year’s 9 most-brazen insurance-fraud grinches taking short sleigh rides for long prison terms after foisting outsized and elf-delusional insurance thefts. America’s extreme insurance schemers were inducted into the Insurance Fraud Hall of Shame …

Fraud News: Chiro Bribes Cops, Pilot Videos Water Landing, Arson

Missouri Chiropractor sentenced in Police Bribery Scheme A St. Louis, Mo., chiropractor has been sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $350,000 for a scheme that involved bribing police officers to get information used to solicit clients. Mitchell Davis …

Causes of California’s Worst Fires Often Go ‘Undetermined’

California officials quickly determined an arsonist started last month’s huge wildfire southeast of Los Angeles, and that two weeks earlier sparks from a vehicle produced a deadly wildfire in the far northern part of the state. But causes for many …