Zalma’s Insurance Fraud Letter – June 15, 2024

ZIFL – Volume 28 Issue 12

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Zalma’s Insurance Fraud Letter (ZIFL) continues its 28th year of publication dedicated to those involved in reducing the effect of insurance fraud. ZIFL is published 24 times a year by ClaimSchool and is written by Barry Zalma. It is provided FREE to anyone who visits the site at http://zalma.com/zalmas-insurance-fraud-letter-2/  This issue contains the following articles:

Arson-for-Profit Scheme Fails

Innocent Co-Insureds Have no Rights to Proceeds When Fraud Committed on Their Behalf

Plaintiffs Timeless Bar, Inc. and Horseshoe Club, LLC sued their insurer Illinois Casualty Company, claiming the latter breached the parties’ insurance agreement. Specifically, the Plaintiffs allege that even though the fire that destroyed their property was intentionally set by an officer of the corporation and a member of the LLC, the insurer was obligated under the policy and Minnesota law to pay for the loss.

In Timeless Bar, Inc., doing business as The Press Bar and Parlor, and Horseshoe Club, LLC v. Illinois Casualty Company, No. 22-cv-1685 (KMM/LIB), United States District Court, D. Minnesota (May 21, 2024) the USDC, in a lengthy opinion resolved the issues of who was responsible for the fraud.

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More McClenny Moseley & Associates Issues

This is ZIFL’s twenty ninth installment of the saga of McClenny, Moseley & Associates and its problems with the federal courts in the State of Louisiana and what appears to be an effort to profit from what some Magistrate and District judges indicate may be criminal conduct to profit from insurance claims relating to hurricane damage to the public of the state of Louisiana.

Litigation Financing on the Verge of Regulation

Third-party litigation financing has become a controversial issue in the U.S. court system over the past decade. Litigation financing has a history dating back to medieval England. The practice was once prohibited by doctrines in common law known as “champerty” or “maintenance,” which barred strangers to a lawsuit from providing funding in exchange for a financial interest in the outcome of the case.

James Whittle, vice president and counsel for the Washington-based American Property Casualty Insurance Association, said third-party litigation funding as we know it began roughly 30 years ago in Australia before moving to other countries that practice common law, such as the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

Read the full article and all 18 pages of ZIFL at http://zalma.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/ZIFL-06-15-2024.pdf

Bloods Gang Member Took Over Fire Restoration Industry in New York Sentenced to 12 Years

Jatiek Smith, a gang leader who recruited other gang members and used violence, threats of violence, and extortion to take over the fire restoration business in New York City and defraud insurance companies was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Smith was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff after being convicted following a bench trial in December 2023 of racketeering and extortion conspiracies. In addition to the prison term, Smith, of Staten Island, New York, was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to forfeit $354,546.44. Restitution will be determined at a later date, according to prosecutors.

Read the full article and all 18 pages of ZIFL at http://zalma.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/ZIFL-06-15-2024.pdf

RICO Suit Against Chiropractors

Allstate Effectively Alleges RICO Conspiracy

In Allstate Insurance Co. et al. v. Lint Chiropractic PC et al., No. 2:23-cv-10904, United States District Court, E.D. Michigan, Southern Division (May 30, 2024) Allstate brought a RICO case against chiropractors and conspiracies to defraud Allstate.

Read the full article and all 18 pages of ZIFL at http://zalma.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/ZIFL-06-15-2024.pdf

Health Insurance Fraud Convictions

Pharmacy Owner Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for $1M Health Care Fraud Scheme

Paul Mansour, 56, of Sierra Madre, California was a pharmacist who co-owned Mansour Partners Inc., doing business as Best Buy Drugs (Best Buy), was sentenced to two years in prison for submitting more than $1 million in false and fraudulent claims to Medicare for prescription drugs that were never dispensed to beneficiaries.

According to court documents, From January 2017 to July 2022, Mansour created fake patient profiles in the Best Buy pharmacy’s digital filing system using fictitious names, dates of birth, and addresses. Mansour added fraudulent prescriptions to the fake patient profiles and then submitted false and fraudulent claims to Medicare for those prescriptions in the name of actual Best Buy patients. In doing so, Mansour billed Medicare for fraudulent prescriptions that were never dispensed to beneficiaries. Mansour pleaded guilty on April 5, 2023, to one count of health care fraud.

Read the full article and all 18 pages of ZIFL at http://zalma.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/ZIFL-06-15-2024.pdf

Chutzpah From Convicted Dentist

Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Medicaid Fraud Yet Demands Return of his License to Practice Dentistry

THE LICENSE REVOCATION

The Board of Dental Examiners revoked Seth Lookhart’s dental license after he was convicted of dozens of crimes perpetrated in furtherance of a fraudulent scheme of staggering proportions that jeopardized the health and safety of his patients. Lookhart appealed the Board’s revocation of his license, arguing that his punishment was inconsistent with past Board decisions. On appeal, the superior court concluded that the Board properly exercised its discretion by revoking Lookhart’s dental license.

Read the full article and all 18 pages of ZIFL at http://zalma.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/ZIFL-06-15-2024.pdf

Convictions of Other Than Health Insurance Fraud

10 Years In Prison For Leading One Of The Largest No-Fault Insurance Frauds In New York History

BRADLEY PIERRE was sentenced to 10 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe for conspiracy to commit bribery and conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) in connection with his orchestration of a $60 million fraud targeting No-Fault automobile insurance companies.  PIERRE pled guilty before Judge Gardephe on December 18, 2023.

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Insurance Fraud Is Epidemic

Insurance fraud continually takes more money each year than it did the last from the insurance buying public. There is no certain number. Most attempts at insurance fraud succeed. Estimates of the extent of insurance fraud in the United States range from $87 billion to more than $308 billion every year.

Insurers and government backed pseudo-insurers can only estimate the extent they lose to fraudulent claims. Lack of sufficient investigation and prosecution of insurance criminals is endemic. Most insurance fraud criminals are not detected. Those that are detected do so because they became greedy, sloppy and unprofessional so that the attempted fraud becomes so obvious it cannot be ignored.

Adapted from my book, Insurance Fraud Second Edition, Volume I Available as a Kindle book; Available as a Hardcover;  Available as a Paperback

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