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California Insurance Appraiser and Doctor Busted in Separate Fraud Schemes

California Auto Insurance Appraiser Gets 10 Years for Involvement in Staged Collision Ring Erwin Raul Mejia of Van Nuys, Calif., was sentenced to 10 years in state prison following his conviction on 10 felony counts of insurance fraud for his …

Contractor Charged in $140,000 AOB Fraud Scheme Across 8 Florida Counties

Timothy Matthew Cox, owner of Nationwide Catastrophe Services, Inc. and Restoration Response Services, Inc., was arrested for an alleged Assignment of Benefits (AOB) fraud scheme that impacted 19 homeowners in eight Florida counties and one Texas county, according to an …

Fraud News: Fake Oil Spill Claim, Policy Purchased After Damage, Mail Fraud

Man Gets 3 Years for Filing False Oil Spill Claims Federal authorities say a man charged with filing fraudulent claims in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster has been sentenced to just over three years in prison. A recent …

Fraud News: Disaster Relief Scheme, Doctor Scams Workers’ Comp Insurers

Federal Prison for East Texas Family Members Guilty of Stealing Hurricane Relief Funds An East Texas couple and their adult daughter were each sentenced to federal prison recently for their roles in stealing federal funds that were intended to aid …

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, …

Washington Fraud: Plumber’s Work Comp Scam, Woman’s Bogus Theft Claims

Wash. Plumber’s Workers’ Comp Scam Nets Him 45 Days in Detention An Auburn, Wash., plumber who lied about working while he was receiving disability payments has been sentenced to serve 45 days in detention. Bobby Eugene Stepp, 66, claimed he …

Jury Finds Minnesota Man Guilty for Role in Multi-Million Dollar Insurance Fraud Scam

A Minneapolis, Minn. man was convicted for his role in a multi-million dollar insurance fraud scheme. Yahye Mohamed Herrow was convicted of conspiracy and mail fraud following a three day trial. “Minnesota’s no-fault car insurance system is designed to get …

NICB Issues Warning on Fraud Related to Flood-Damaged Cars

A young man who bought a pickup truck in Houston is now warning buyers to follow the advice of the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) before closing a deal on a used vehicle. Kenton Basinger shelled out $14,000 for a …

Fraud News: Arson, Car Jacking Fib and Staged Crash Scam

Connecticut Pizza Shop Owner Pleads Guilty to Fraud Stemming From Fire The owner of a Connecticut pizza parlor has pleaded guilty to a fraud charge for setting fire to his own business and then collecting insurance money. Federal prosecutors say …