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Viewpoint: Detecting Inflation-Driven Fraud in Insurance Claims

Following the easing of Covid pandemic restrictions, we are now facing a fresh “cost of living crisis” created by rising inflation and soaring energy bills. The Guardian newspaper reported that petrol stations in the United Kingdom face up to 3,000 …

Why Insurers Offer Premium Discounts for Smart-Home Devices

A smart thermostat can turn up the heat in your home before you roll out of bed. A smart speaker can play your favorite podcasts with a voice command. A smart lightbulb can be turned on or off from across …

Man Charged With Setting Fire at California Home Depot

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A man charged with setting a fire that gutted a Northern California Home Depot, prompted hundreds to flee and filled the sky with smoke was trying to cover up a theft of tools, authorities said …

Beekeepers Turn to Anti-Theft Technology as Hive Thefts Rise

WOODLAND, Calif. (AP) — For a few frenzied weeks, beekeepers from around the United States truck billions of honeybees to California to rent them to almond growers who need the insects to pollinate the state’s most valuable crop. But as …

$1 Million in Hermes Handbags Stolen from Florida Store

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP)–More than a dozen one-of-a-kind Hermes handbags with an estimated value of about $1 million were stolen in a smash-and-grab burglary from a boutique store in South Florida, the store owner said. The unique luxury bags were …

Greek Construction Worker Arrested for Picasso Work Theft

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A painting donated to Greece by Pablo Picasso will go back on display at the newly renovated National Gallery in Athens following its recovery more than nine years after it was stolen and the arrest of …

Adjuster’s Comment About ‘Homeys’ Enough to Allow Discrimination Claim to Proceed

A claims adjuster’s comments about “homeys” and “you people” when talking to a South Chicago property owner were enough to merit further proceedings on a discrimination claim against State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. However, several counts that alleged a …

Misplaced Trust Leaves Business Owners Coping with Workplace Thefts

About the photo: Deb and Kevin Durken pose for a photo in their store The Boot Shack in St. Cloud, Minn. The bookkeeper for the Durken’s store forged checks and stole an estimated $225,000 over 10 years, Deb says. NEW …

Increased Metal Theft Risk at Vacant Properties Can Cause Costly Repairs

Despite attempts to control scrap metal sales, international demand has driven the theft of metals, especially copper. Metal thefts primarily occur at vacant properties and can leave building owners with substantial replacement and restoration costs. Oldham said the replacement costs …

Pennsylvania Woman Forges Insurance Check, Could Get Prison Term

A suburban Philadelphia, Pa., woman who pleaded guilty to forging her stepson’s signature on a $150,000 insurance check has been sentenced to six to 23 months in prison. Forty-eight-year-old Eleanor Leistrum of Bristol Township pleaded guilty in Bucks County in …