ZIFL 05-01-2023, Volume 27 Issue 9
Happy Law Day!
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John James Succi appealed pro se from the order dismissing his “Motion to Vacate Restitution/Sentencing.” In Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania v. John James Succi, No. 229 EDA 2022, No. J-S22022-22, Superior Court of Pennsylvania (February 28, 2023) the Superior Court gave consideration to the pro se motions of the convicted felon and ordered him to make restitution. Victims of crime must make certain that the state prosecutor, after convicting the criminal, like Succi, must demand restitution. The victims did so in this case and the prosecutor effectively obtained, at sentencing, an order of restitution. Succi, sentenced to many years in prison, may never be able to pay the ordered restitution unless there are assets that could be taken to pay the restitution. Regardless, convicted felons have nothing but time so he wasted the appellate courts time by bringing this pro se motion which failed. He will remain in the Gray Bar Hotel for the next 15 to 30 years.
McClenny Moseley & Associates Issues
This is ZIFL’s fifth installment of the saga of McClenny, Moseley & Associates (MMA) 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. Since the last issue MMA’s originator have created a new professional corporation; McClenny was sued for damages due to a auto accident; MMA partners were ordered into court relating to Eldridge Smith becoming a client; more suits against MMA; Huye ignores suspension; MMA attempted to intervene in plaintiffs’ cases; a suit against MMA by Access Restoration Services US, Inc for a 572% return on its $3 million investment in MMA’s hurricane cases; and a suit by Global Estimating Services seeking $9,865,862.99 for estimating services provided to MMA.
Another Florida Insurer Bites the Dust
Florida Commercial Insurer Capacity Insurance Company Now in Runoff.
Chutzpah! Fraudster Sues Twice
Res Judicata Requires Fraudster to Lose Again After It Sues Again
Forcing Two Courts to Deal With a $366.64 Fraudulent Claim is Chutzpah
Good News From the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud
More than 18 months after he pleaded guilty to absconding with almost $5M in premiums, a Florida insurance agent has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. John M. Thomas, 52, the former owner of Thomas Insurance Agency in Pensacola, also must pay more than $8M in restitution. A federal judge decided in March. For more than seven years, Thomas collected premium payments from at least 67 clients, then produced fraudulent policy documents and certificates purporting to show that clients were covered. Thomas used the money for personal gain, including an African safari, a Utah ski resort condominium, a Florida beach condo, a Lexus automobile, and restorations to a 45-year-old Jeep vehicle, according to his 2021 indictment. The independent agency sold homeowners, commercial property, commercial liability, auto, workers’ compensation, and other lines of insurance to some well-known commercial interests in Florida and Alabama before the fraud was discovered, attorneys said. Thomas was arrested and then unexpectedly pleaded guilty to the criminal charges in August of 2021. His sentencing was set for later that year. Prosecutors did not say why the sentencing had to wait another 18 months, but court records suggest that Thomas’ pro se filings with the court may have delayed the proceedings. Plus 9 more convictions.
Investigation Into Misleading Home Warranty Mailers Results in Refunds to Consumers
California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced that an insurance company offering home warranties will refund Californians deceived by a misleading mailer sent to hundreds of thousands of consumers. An investigation by the California Department of Insurance found that Response Indemnity Company of California worked with an unlicensed marketing company that mailed a “final notice” to consumers falsely warning that their home warranty was expiring. Because of the Department’s action, Response Indemnity will allow consumers to cancel the home warranty and receive a refund if the consumer purchased the warranty because of the mailer.
Like Al Capone Marlin Construction Avoided Insurance Fraud but was Convicted of Tax Fraud
David T. Aaron and Russell Ultes, co-owners of Marlin Construction Group LLC, cashed millions of dollars of customer checks at check-cashing businesses in order to underreport earnings and avoid federal taxes, federal prosecutors said last week. The men also used the cash to purchase luxury items for themselves, including jet skis and automobiles, according to the criminal complaint the owners of a Fort Myers roofing company, one that has been the subject of a number of complaints from consumers and which has filed multiple assignment-of-benefits lawsuits against property insurers, have pleaded guilty to more than $1 million in tax evasion.
Health Insurance Fraud Convictions
The British Columbia, Canada Supreme Court ordered seven people and one company to pay $155,000 in punitive damages as a result of staged Surrey collisions designed to defraud ICBC.
Justice Jennifer Duncan said in an April 13 decision: “Those collisions were used by various of the parties to file personal injury tort actions.” And reports of dozens more convictions.
Other Insurance Fraud Convictions
Jarod Hirbar, age 44, of Kellogg, pled guilty on April 17, 2023, to one count of Fraudulent Submission to Insurer (Class D Felony) following an investigation by the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau.
Latisha Hribar, age 42, of Kellogg, pled guilty on April 18, 2023, to one count of Fraudulent Submission to Insurer (Class D Felony) following an investigation by the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau. Plus many more convictions. Plus many more convictions.
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