Fictionalized True Crime Books from Barry Zalma’s Insurance Claims Practice
Over the last 50 years I have worked in insurance I have run up against some rather evil people and some just plain difficult insurance criminals. The five books are true stories where the names and places were changed to protect the guilty.
“Candy and Abel: Murder for Insurance Money“
How a young lawyer and wise old investigator defeated an attempt at life insurance fraud.
“Murder And Insurance Fraud Don’t Mix”
My name is Marion Orpheus Montague. My friends, and some enemies, call me “MOM.” It is not a designation of my ability to nurture my clients. I have never been, nor will I ever be, maternal. I accept the play on my initials because it causes adversaries to underestimate me.
I am 66-years-old. My grayish blond hair is thin and my full beard is a bit scraggly. My face is round and often tinged with red. My nose is full, my eyes green and my cheeks bulge out to the sides trying to emulate the belly that precedes every other part of my body as I walk. People see me and do not believe that I am a private investigator. Seeing me they often think that I am on leave from my winter work as a Macy’s Santa Claus.
I like being underestimated. It makes my job as an investigator easier.
See how a fake robbery at a jewelry store led to murder and prison.
Murder & Old Lace: Solving Murders Performed for Insurance Money
When the women first met – 20 years ago at a Santa Monica health spa – Magogassasanian appeared taken with Gogolivesky. The women moved Alvarado into an apartment, then started applying for life insurance policies on him. They jointly took out four policies, each as 50% beneficiaries in addition to the individual policies they bought from my client. Gogolivesky also took out three more policies on her own while Magogassasanian only took out a single individual policy on Earnest. The two women pocketed nearly $6,000,000 in insurance benefits on Alvarado alone and $4,000,000 in insurance benefits on Earnest. They also recovered a total of $5,000,000 on the other six old men they killed.
Arson for Profit: How an Attempt to use Arson & Fraud to Fund Terrorism Failed
This story is based on a real case involving a member of Russian/Armenian organized crime, real insurers, investigators, lawyers, fire fighters, and insurance brokers. The names, descriptions, and identities of the people involved have been changed to protect both the guilty and the innocent. The report to the US Senate, after this case was decided by the California Courts, reveal that the threats made on MOM and lawyer Hazan were real and they are lucky that the threats were never fulfilled. The person identified in this story as Levonyan was described to the US Senate as the leader of a Russian/Armenian organized crime ring. It is important to take seriously threats from criminals. Insurance fraud and arson-for-profit are not victimless crimes. They are crimes of violence that cost everyone who lives in the U.S.]
M.O.M. & The Taipei Fraud: How an Experienced Adjuster Defeated a $7 Million Fake Burglary Claim
The problem is that each option the insurers have available have a down side and Feng is represented by a lawyer who has proved highly successful in suing insurers and collecting large compensatory and punitive damage awards. Since the claims exceed $6 million dollars, he can expect, applying the law set out by the U.S. Supreme Court in State Farm Mut. Automobile Ins. Co. v. Campbell and BMW of North America, Inc. v. Gore as much as $60 million in punitive damages. So I need to explain to the insurers that they face an exposure anywhere from their policy limits to ten times the policy limit. They need the courage of their convictions to reject this major claim.
Read about these and other insurance books by Barry Zalma at http://zalma.com/zalma-books/