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Michigan Senate Approves Plan to Cut Car Insurance Rates

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s Senate passed legislation Tuesday aimed at cutting the country’s highest average auto insurance premiums by eliminating a requirement that drivers buy unlimited medical benefits to cover crash injuries. No other U.S. state has such a mandate. …

Minnesotan Pleads Guilty to Faking Death in $2M Insurance Scam

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota man accused of faking his own death eight years ago in Eastern Europe to collect a $2 million life insurance policy has pleaded guilty. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that 54-year-old Igor Vorotinov, …

Los Angeles DA Charges 15 Chiropractors in Alleged Fraud Scheme

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against 15 chiropractors in a $6 million insurance fraud and illegal kickback scheme involving automobile collision medical claims. The felony complaint in case BA477147 lists a total of 18 felony …

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 …

Allstate, State Farm Sue Medical Providers for Fraudulent Billing

Two insurance carriers filed separate lawsuits last week against medical doctors and their pain-management clinics, accusing them of submitting bills for unnecessary medical procedures performed on vehicle-accident victims. State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Co. filed suit in the U.S. District …

Manager for Insulation Contractor Pleads Guilty in Bid-Rigging Scheme

A branch manager for an insulation contractor pleaded guilty Monday for his role in schemes to rig bids and engage in fraud on insulation installation contracts, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Connecticut announced. Gary DeVoe of Bethlehem, Connecticut entered a …

Philadelphia Woman Accused of Identify Theft, ‘Box Stuffing Scheme’

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office announced that criminal charges have been filed against a Philadelphia woman for organizing an identity and retail theft scheme valued at more than $100,000 that stole from stores across Southeast Pennsylvania. Myra Reddy, 54, was …

Busy Week Brings 3 Guilty Pleas, 2 Arrests for Insurance Fraud

Three Washington state residents pleaded guilty to charges after investigations by state fraud investigators last week, while two other people were charged with filing false claims. Stephanie Pepper Snider, 42, of Renton, pleaded guilty in King County Superior Court to …

Four New Jersey Men Arrested in Alleged Adjuster Scam

TRENTON, New Jersey – Four Mercer County men and six of their associated businesses were charged Wednesday with first-degree conspiracy and money laundering in connection with a bank scheme involving the deposit of nearly $1.4 million in phony or forged …

Scams Include Fake Flood Damage, Phantom Car Wrecks and Post-Dated Claims

A lawyer who faked flood damage, a bodyshop owner who reported accidents that never happened and motorists who filed claims for crashes that occurred before they bought auto insurance policies were among the people who were arrested or convicted for …