The year 2020 wouldn't be complete without a summary of America's worst insurance fraud crimes.
Homeless New Yorkers targeted in a $ 31.7 million slip-and-fall ring. A sober mogul trades sex for drugs. A billionaire insurance magnate tries to bribe a state insurance commissioner. These are some of the newest members of the Insurance Fraud Hall of Shame initiated by the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud:
- Slip ring trips. Bryan Duncan hired hundreds of homeless people to fake $ 31.7 million in painful injuries from a fall against New York City businesses. Many had undergone unnecessary surgery. Federal sentence: 80 months.
- Fired, toned down. Dozens of old homes were burned to the ground and flooded in a $ 1.7 million plan by Patrick Wayne Bronnon's Texas ring. They also insured fake assets. State sentence: 78 years in state prison, although Bronnon died in July 2020.
- Stolen Valor. Richard Meleski claimed he was a Navy SEAL wounded in Beirut, Lebanon. Still, the Pennsylvania man never served in the military. He invented the exploits of stealing more than $ 300,000 in federal disability money. Federal Punishment: Pending.
- Food folly. Spoiled food made Jacqueline Masse feel sick, the New Hampshire woman said. She filed nearly $ 400,000 in false claims against innocent restaurants and grocery stores. Masse also stole her children's identities for claims. State sentence: 18 months.
- Bribe boondoggle. Billionaire insurance magnate Greg E. Lindberg attempted to bribe the North Carolina insurance commissioner $ 2 million to facilitate state regulation of his businesses. Instead, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and the FBI wired Lindberg's attempted bribe. Federal sentence: seven years.
- Sex, drugs, betrayal. Christopher Bathum traded sex for drugs to addicted women at his rehab center in a $ 175 million insurance scam. The man in the Los Angeles area also gave patients drugs so they would relapse for more expensive rehab. State sentence: 52 years.
- Skin-deep scam. Dr. David Morrow blamed uninsured beauty surgeries as medically essential in a $ 50 million scam. The Beverly Hills surgeon counted tummy tucks as hernia repairs and nose work as repairing abnormal septums. Federal sentence: 20 years.
- Rapper fraud racket. Future Chicago rapper Qaw & # 39; mane Wilson had his mother shot for life insurance and her savings to show off money and build his fan base. State sentence: 99 years.
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