Former alderman pleads not guilty to insurance fraud
CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago alderman charged with lying to police when he reported his car stolen missing has pleaded not guilty.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Alderman Proco "Joe"...
MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A former emergency medical services chief who falsified patient care records in order to bilk insurance companies has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.
LINCOLN, Del. (AP) — A Delaware woman is accused of stealing her terminally ill mother's identity and buying a $50,000 life insurance policy that named herself as the sole beneficiary.
Iowa woman gets probation in insurance fraud case
OSKALOOSA , Iowa (AP) — A southeastern Iowa woman has been sentenced to two years' probation and ordered to pay more than $14,000 in restitution and penalties for insurance fraud.
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A former Georgia gubernatorial candidate who campaigned in a "deportation bus" has pleaded guilty to falsely reporting that computer servers were stolen from his...
CHICAGO (AP) — Police have arrested a Chicago alderman on charges alleging that he lied when he reported his car had been stolen in January.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Four Tennessee pain management clinics have abruptly closed amid state and federal health insurance fraud investigations.
MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A former emergency medical services chief in New Jersey has admitted falsifying patient care records in order to bilk insurance companies to collect money for services...
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Mason City woman has pleaded guilty to theft and four counts of insurance fraud.
Cerro Gordo County District Court records say 34-year-old Amber Griffin entered the...
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison in a West Virginia arson and insurance fraud scheme.
Federal prosecutors say 47-year-old James Lester was sentenced in...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a Sacramento-area neurosurgeon has been charged with insurance fraud after she allegedly submitted over $500,000 in fraudulent claims.
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man has been convicted for underreporting his income to the state so he could continue receiving unemployment insurance benefits.
BOSTON (AP) — Authorities say the owner of two Massachusetts auto body shops has been charged with using sledgehammers and mallets to further damage cars he was repairing in order to get higher...
Sioux City woman gets probation for insurance fraud
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City woman has been convicted of insurance fraud and sentenced to two years of probation.
The Iowa Insurance Division says in a news release that 43-year-old...
Man accused of insurance fraud gets 2 years of probation
LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa man accused of insurance fraud has been given two years of probation.
Plymouth County District Court records say 41-year-old Scott Leininger, of Le...
Restaurant owner charged with setting fire to business
HALLOCK, Minn. (AP) — A northwestern Minnesota woman is accused of setting fire to her restaurant to collect insurance money.
Tamara DeVore is charged with first-degree arson and insurance...
N. Carolina transgender inmate denied move to women’s prison
LILLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A transgender woman convicted of insurance fraud is serving time at a men's prison in North Carolina despite her repeated requests to transfer to women's housing.
Son pleads guilty, gets probation in mansion fire fraud case
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The son of a suburban Philadelphia woman convicted in a multi-million-dollar insurance fraud case following fires at her Bucks County property has been sentenced to four years' probation.
Woman convicted of 6 of 9 counts in insurance fraud case
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A suburban Philadelphia woman has been convicted of most charges in a multi-million-dollar insurance fraud case following fires at her Bucks County property.
Jurors in Bucks County deliberated for 4½ hours before convicting 71-year-old Claire Risoldi on six of nine counts including theft by deception and insurance fraud.
Central Indiana school chief quits after insurance fraud
ELWOOD, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana school superintendent has resigned after being charged with using her insurance to help a sick student receive treatment.
The board of the Elwood Community Schools accepted Casey Smitherman's resignation without comment at a meeting Friday evening. Deputy Superintendent Joe Brown was named interim superintendent.
It wasn't immediately clear why she resigned. The board said last week Smitherman had its support.
Tennis instructor facing sex charges accused in card scheme
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey youth tennis instructor already facing sex-related charges including kidnapping and sexual assault is now facing charges in what prosecutors allege was a credit card identity theft scheme that led to the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Monmouth County prosecutors said Friday that Terry Kuo was charged with conspiracy, theft, insurance fraud and forgery. Fifteen other people also face charges in what prosecutors allege Kuo called his "plastic army."
Elwood schools chief used own insurance for sick student
ELWOOD, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana school superintendent is free on bail after surrendering to police to face charges alleging she used her insurance to help a sick student receive treatment.
Georgia candidate behind ‘deportation bus’ pleads not guilty
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate who campaigned in a "deportation bus" has pleaded not guilty to fraud charges.
Nebraska man charged with insurance fraud in Iowa
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Nebraska man has been charged in Iowa with conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and other counts.
The Iowa Insurance Division says in a news release that 34-year-old Peere Shackelford, of Omaha, was also charged with second-degree arson and conspiracy to commit a felony following an investigation by the division and the Council Bluffs Fire Department.
Britain: Men found guilty of murder in insurance fraud
LONDON (AP) — Three men in Britain have been found guilty of murdering five people in an explosion as part of a plot to claim over 300,000 pounds ($380,000) from an insurance policy.
Arkan Ali, Hawkar Hassan and Aram Kurd were convicted Friday in Leicester Crown Court.
Prosecutors say they used around 26 liters (7 gallons) of gasoline in an arson attack in February on a supermarket, causing a blast that destroyed the shop and an apartment above.
Georgia ‘deportation bus’ GOP candidate reports to jail
ATLANTA (AP) — A Republican gubernatorial candidate in Georgia who campaigned in a "deportation bus" has turned himself in to county jail after being indicted on charges including insurance fraud.
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Disgraced surgeon charged with bilking medical insurer
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials say a former surgeon who lost his license to practice in New York and the medical supply company he founded have been accused in a multi-million-dollar insurance fraud scheme.
Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott says Friday that the charges against 62-year-old Steven St. Lucia, of Niskayuna (nihs-kee-YOO'-nuh), and Union Foot Solutions include grand larceny and health care fraud.
Georgia GOP candidate who drove ‘deportation bus’ indicted
ATLANTA (AP) — A former candidate in the Georgia governor's race who featured a "deportation bus" in his GOP campaign has been indicted on insurance fraud charges.
March trial set for woman accused of health insurance fraud
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A March trial has been scheduled for Mason City woman accused of filing false health insurance claims for her family.
Cerro Gordo County court records say 34-year-old Amber Griffin entered written pleas of not guilty last week to four counts of insurance fraud-presenting false information and one of theft. Her trial is set to begin March 12.
Los Angeles chiropractor pleads guilty in $150M fraud scheme
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles chiropractor has pleaded guilty to taking part in a $150 million workers' compensation fraud scheme.
Paul Turley of Granada Hills pleaded Monday to conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, mayhem, insurance fraud and unlawful patient referral
Tennessee businessman sentenced in insurance fraud scheme
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee businessman has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison and ordered to repay millions of dollars in a health insurance fraud scheme.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee says 51-year-old Bart Sidney Posey of Springfield was sentenced Tuesday and ordered to pay $6.5 million in restitution.
Inmate, others charged in prison fraud scheme
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A state inmate is among those charged with conning another inmate's family into paying a fake law firm to work on his case.
The Alabama Department of Corrections announced the charges Friday.
The department said the suspects are accused of using fake identities to lure an inmate's family into paying a fictitious law firm.
Former Marlins pitcher gets 4 years for insurance fraud
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A pitcher on the Florida Marlins team that won the 2003 World Series has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for taking part in an insurance scam.
Woman accused of submitting false health insurance claims
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Mason City woman has been accused of filing false health insurance claims for her family.
Cerro Gordo County court records say 34-year-old Amber Griffin is charged with four counts of insurance fraud-presenting false information and one of theft. The records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for her.
Bridgewater man gets 2 months in federal prison for fraud
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Bridgewater man has been sentenced to two months in federal prison for insurance fraud.
The U.S. attorney's office says 57-year-old Steven Krier did not turn over premiums he collected on more than 50 bail bonds that he sold for Dakota Bail Bonds of Sioux Falls. The bonds were guaranteed by Houston-based Financial Casualty and Surety.
Authorities say Krier misappropriated more than $50,000. He was indicted in May 2017 and pleaded guilty this past July.
Man accused of arson, fraud found competent for trial
HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man accused of setting his house on fire in 2016 has been ruled competent to stand trial.
The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports a Butler County judge on Tuesday found Ross Compton capable of standing trial after a psychological evaluation.
11 people charged in drug treatment fraud involving pellets
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Eleven people including doctors have been charged in Southern California in an alleged insurance-fraud scheme involving an implant surgery that purportedly helps drug addicts and alcoholics, Orange County's top prosecutor said Wednesday.
"Orange County's become what's known as the 'Rehab Riviera' due to the proliferation of insurance fraud and the attractiveness of our communities," District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in announcing the case.
Dentist ordered to pay more than $20K for insurance fraud
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii dentist has been ordered to pay more than $20,000 in restitution for committing insurance fraud.
Hawaii News Now reports State Circuit Judge Kathleen Watanabe sentenced Dr. Terry Allen last week to a four-year term or deferral and ordered him to pay $20,878.86 in restitution to the Hawaii Medical Service Association and other fees.
Psychologist charged with defrauding Medicaid of $79,000
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut psychologist has been charged with stealing nearly $80,000 from the Medicaid program by billing for hundreds of services that were never performed.
Inspectors with the Chief State's Attorney's Office arrested 61-year-old Jeannie Pasacreta, of Newtown, on Monday on charges of first-degree larceny, health insurance fraud and identity theft. Authorities say she posted $150,000 bail and was ordered to appear in Hartford Superior Court on Oct. 3.
Kentucky woman sentenced in crop insurance fraud case
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky woman has been sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $1.6 million in restitution for crop insurance fraud.
The U.S. attorney's office in Lexington said 63-year-old Debra Muse of the Wallingford community in Fleming County was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court.
Snyder forms new anti-fraud division in insurance department
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has formed a new division to investigate fraud within the auto insurance, health insurance and banking sectors.
The anti-fraud unit will be housed within the Department of Insurance and Financial Services.
Tuesday's move follows discussion in the Legislature in recent years about creating an authority to crack down on auto insurance fraud — an effort that has stalled over other proposed changes to the auto no-fault law.
Woman accused of lying to insurance company about accident
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City woman has been charged with insurance fraud, accused of lying to her insurer about the date of an accident.
Woodbury County District Court records say 42-year-old Jennifer Fuentes is charged with felony insurance fraud for a false submission. She didn't immediately return a call Friday from The Associated Press. The court records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for her.
Judge orders psychological evaluation of arson suspect
HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A psychological evaluation has been ordered for an Ohio man accused of setting his house on fire in 2016.
A judge on Tuesday ordered the evaluation requested by Ross Compton's attorney to determine Compton's competency for trial. The 60-year-old Middletown man has pleaded not guilty to aggravated arson and insurance fraud charges.
Iowa man convicted in insurance fraud scam
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A December sentencing has been scheduled for an Iowa man accused of selling fraudulent life insurance policies and keeping the money.
Prosecutors say a jury last week found 59-year-old Roger Goodwin guilty of seven counts of mail fraud. His sentencing is set for Dec. 19 in U.S. District Court in Des Moines.
Ex-Alabama police officer gets 10 years for fraud, theft
PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A former police officer in Alabama who pleaded guilty to insurance fraud and burglary has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) — Officials have filed multiple charges against a North Carolina couple and their daughter in connection with two cases of arson at homes of people the wife knew.
The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation told news outlets it's filed charges against 64-year-old Bonnie Harrell Neely of Mount Airy, including 223 counts of exploitation of the elderly and two counts of second-degree arson. Her husband and daughter are also accused of insurance fraud.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona prosecutors say a state grand jury has indicted a former psychiatric nurse practitioner for treating patients while unlicensed and defrauding multiple insurance companies.
The Arizona Attorney General's Office is prosecuting the case against Laura Lynn Bell, who is facing 12 felony charges including forgery, fraudulent schemes and artifices, theft, money laundering and trafficking in the identity of another.
ROME (AP) — Sicilian gangsters dropped 25-kilo (55-pound) cast-iron weights on the limbs of drug addicts, alcoholics and other vulnerable people to obtain insurance payments for fake car accidents worth hundreds of thousands of euros, police said Wednesday after making 11 arrests in the case.
Among those arrested was a nurse at a Palermo hospital who Italian police allege procured mild anesthetics from her workplace to tamp down the pain.