Zalma’s Insurance Fraud Letter – March 15, 2024

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The Source for the Insurance Fraud Professional

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/

The current issue can be read in full at http://zalma.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/ZIFL-03-15-2024.pdf and includes the following articles:

Arsonist Begs Ohio Court to Release Him From Prison

Compassionate Release Not Available to Convict Only Because he is Fat & Diabetic

ARSON-FOR-PROFIT IS A VIOLENT CRIME OF THE FIRST ORDER

Of the hundreds of different kinds of insurance fraud, the most violent and dangerous is an arson for profit. People, including firefighters, die or are seriously injured in the fires. Daryl Evans was caught, tried and convicted of the crimes and is now serving a 183-month sentence for insurance fraud relating to his arson of several Warren, Ohio properties.

Read the full article at http://zalma.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/ZIFL-03-15-2024.pdf

More McClenny Moseley & Associates Issues

This is ZIFL’s twenty fifth 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.

February 16, 2024

On February 16, 2024, MMA filed a Motion to Set Aside Default Judgment and For New Trial on the default judgment rendered against them on December 19, 2023, in the lawsuit filed by PCG Consulting. MMA was, at the time, represented by the reputable firm Phelps Dunbar LLP, who also represents the insurance industry on many matters.

Read the full article at http://zalma.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/ZIFL-03-15-2024.pdf

Now Available The Compact Book of Adjusting Property Claims – Fourth Edition

On January 2, 2024, in Kindle, paperback and hardback formats, The Compact Book of Adjusting Property Claims, Fourth Edition is now available for purchase here and here. The Fourth Edition contains updates and clarifications from the first three editions plus additional material for the working adjuster and the insurance coverage lawyer.

CHUTZPAH – CHARGE OF TWO SEPARATE CRIMES DO NOT VIOLATE CONSTITUTION

DIFFERENT CRIMES, DIFFERENT VICTIMS, DIFFERENT WITNESS, NO DOUBLE JEOPARDY

Gregory Sewell appealed the order that denied his motion to dismiss based upon double jeopardy. In Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania v. Gregory Sewell, No. 1497 MDA 2022, No. J-S27016-23, Superior Court of Pennsylvania (February 27, 2024) the Pennsylvania court resolved the dispute.

Read the full article at http://zalma.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/ZIFL-03-15-2024.pdf

From the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud

North Haven dentist sentenced in Medicaid fraud case. Christian O’Connor, a dentist and owner of Renew Dental in North Haven, was sentenced in Hartford Superior Court to five years in prison. O’Connor routinely billed for restorations on multiple teeth, on the same date of service, for numerous patients. A review of the dental records could not substantiate the work that was performed. Numerous patients interviewed denied the major dental work was done even though O’Connor billed for performing this work sometimes two and even three times on the same patient on the same teeth over a period of time, occasionally billing for work on teeth that already had been extracted. The investigation focused only on the claims for restorations on 12 teeth on the same day for the same patient. O’Connor paid over $200K in restitution and was ordered not to act as a provider in the Medicaid program.

Read the full article at http://zalma.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/ZIFL-03-15-2024.pdf

Health Insurance Fraud Convictions

Former Nurse Pleads Guilty to Adulteration of Fentanyl

Caroline Sheehan, 39, of Lowell, Mass. a former nurse pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston to adulteration of fentanyl at a local hospital. Sheehan pleaded guilty to one count of adulteration of a prescription drug with intent to defraud and mislead. U.S. District Court Judge Angel Kelley scheduled sentencing for June 12, 2024. Sheehan was charged by Information in November 2023.

Read the full article with dozens of convictions at http://zalma.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/ZIFL-03-15-2024.pdf

Insurance Fraud Costs Everyone

The Following is a Fictionalized True Crime Story of Insurance Fraud from an Expert who explains why Insurance Fraud is a “Heads I Win, Tails You Lose” situation for Insurers.

Insurance Money tempts Honest Men to Commit Fraud

Fire reconstruction is a competitive trade. Work, rebuilding burned out businesses, commercial structures and homes requires specialized skill. Obtaining payment from insurers for this specialized work requires a gregarious personality, a talent at marketing, and the skill to do the work to perfection.

Read the full article with dozens of convictions at http://zalma.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/ZIFL-03-15-2024.pdf

New Book Now Available from Barry Zalma

Property Investigation Checklists: Uncovering Insurance Fraud, 14th Edition

Property Investigation Checklists: Uncovering Insurance Fraud, 14th Edition provides detailed guidance and practical information on the four primary areas of any investigation of suspicious claims. The book also examines recent developments in areas such as arson investigation procedures, bad faith, extracontractual damages, The fake burglary, and Lawyers Deceiving Insurers, Courts & Their Clients During, Catastrophes—A New Type Of Fraud and the appendices includes the NAIC Insurance Information and Privacy Protection Model Act and usable forms for everyone involved in claims and will provide necessary information to the claims adjuster, SIU fraud investigator, claims manager, or coverage lawyer so he or she can be capable of excellence.

The newest book joins other insurance, insurance claims, insurance fraud, and insurance law books by Barry Zalma all available at the Insurance Claims Library – https://zalma.com/blog/insurance-claims-library/

Other Insurance Fraud Convictions

How 9 Men Stole 45 Cars Over 6 Months During COVID, Then Got Caught

New York Attorney General Letitia James has announced the guilty pleas and sentencing of nine members of a Bronx car theft ring for their roles in the theft of 45 vehicles during a six-month period from April to October 2020.

Carried out during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the operation targeted cars in New York City and Westchester County that were parked on the street for days at a time.

Read the full article with many more convictions at http://zalma.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/ZIFL-03-15-2024.pdf

The Crime of Fraud

Most states and the federal government have created statutes making fraud like those described above a crime. For example, California Welfare and Institutions Code Section 12305.8 defines fraud as follows:

(a) ‘Fraud’ means the intentional deception or misrepresentation made by a person with the knowledge that the deception could result in some unauthorized benefit to himself or herself or some other person. Fraud also includes any act that constitutes fraud under applicable federal or state law. [CA Welf. and Inst. Sec. 12305.8 Fraud defined; overpayment defined (California Code (2022 Edition)]

Adapted from my Book, “Insurance Fraud – Second Edition” Available as a Kindle book; Available as a Hardcover;  Available as a Paperback 

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An insurance coverage and claims handling author, consultant and expert witness with more than 48 years of practical and court room experience.
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