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New York Charges Teva, Allergan With Insurance Fraud Over Opioid Claims

NEW YORK — New York state filed civil charges on Tuesday accusing Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd and Allergan Plc with insurance fraud for downplaying the risks of their opioid painkillers to patients and doctors. Governor Andrew Cuomo said the charges …

Texas Man Sentenced to 78 Years in Prison for Arson, Insurance Fraud

A 52-year-old Groves, Texas, man has been sentenced to 78 years in federal prison for violations related to an arson and insurance fraud scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas. U.S. Attorney Stephen J. …

Scammers Hope for Easy Money by Crashing U-Haul Trucks

Would-be fraudsters in Georgia are increasingly turning to U-Haul trucks with hopes of making a quick buck by staging crashes, insurance regulators say. Many have ended up with arrest warrants and fraud convictions instead. A spokesman for the Georgia Department …

Another Kentucky Farmer Admits Crop Insurance Fraud

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Another Central Kentucky farmer has pleaded guilty in a crop insurance fraud scheme that a federal prosecutor has called “pervasive and severe” in that region. Daniel Arvin pleaded guilty on Dec. 19 in federal court in Lexington …

Business People: FRISS, Cross Country Adjusting, Freeborn & Peters

FRISS Appoints Product Development Leader FRISS, an international provider of risk analytics services to property and casualty insurers, has appointed Dan Gumpright as global vice president of products. Gumpright will drive the company’s development teams to strengthen fraud indicators and …

Jailhouse Romance, Flammable Artwork and Stolen Gun Lead to Fraud Charges

A former San Francisco deputy sheriff who hooked up with one of the inmates at her jail and plotted with him to file a $67,000 insurance claim was sentenced last week to 14 months in prison. Thursday’s sentencing of April …

Shady Adjuster and Alleged Fake Racist Attack Top Fraud Roundup

SoCal Adjuster Jailed for Embezzlement A former licensed public adjuster from Huntington Beach, Calif., was sentenced to 180 days in county jail and five years of felony probation after pleading guilty to three felony counts of embezzlement and one felony …

N.Y. High Court Sides with Carriers in Sham Owner Case

New York’s highest court ruled Tuesday that an insurer does not need to prove fraudulent intent to refuse payment for a medical bill from a professional corporation with a sham physician owner. The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud lauded the ruling …

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, …