Zalma’s Insurance Fraud Letter – September 15, 2020


The Essential Resource for The Insurance Fraud Professional

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Florida High Court Rejects Attorney Strems Bid to Dissolve Suspension; Contempt Petition Filed

Scott Strems, about whom ZIFL has reported earlier, a Florida attorney accused of causing great public harm through a “vast campaign of unprofessional, unethical, and fraudulent conduct,” by way of thousands of insurer lawsuits has lost his latest battle to overturn his suspension and now faces a petition for contempt over alleged violations of the order.

Ladera Ranch, California Self-Storage Management Company Fined for Unlicensed Activity

New SIU Regulations Effective October 1, 2020 – Are You Ready?

The California Department of Insurance (CDI) amended the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) regulations that are set to take effect October 1, 2020. (10 CCR 2698.30 et seq.) The new rules tighten the compliance requirements already in place. Some of the changes include:

  • Stronger oversight on entities that insurers contract with – directly or indirectly – to perform SIU and antifraud duties;
  • An increased emphasis on using patterns or trends as red flags for fraud;
  • New guidelines for releasing information to the CDI’s Fraud Division;
  • Guidelines around the written procedures used by the insurer’s SIU;
  • A requirement to investigate all credible referrals of fraud;
  • Enhanced requirements leading up to and in the reporting of fraud to the CDI’s Fraud Division;
  • More detailed and strenuous requirements for training of insurer personnel;
  • More detailed resources used by insurer claims and anti-fraud personnel;
  • Requiring certain information in SIU Annual reports;
  • Allowing insurers in holding company systems to reference holding company system SIU information in their SIU Annual Reports; and
  • Setting forth additional details on the finalization and resolution of SIU examination by the CDI.

Health Insurance Fraud Convictions

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Other Insurance Fraud Convictions

Guilty of Sawing Off Own Hand for Pay-Out Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Guilty of Insurance Fraud – Go Directly to Jail

Artis Layson, appealed the judgment of the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, finding that he committed a community control violation, insurance fraud, and sentenced him to continue serving community control with added conditions. In State of Ohio v. Artis Layson, Court of Appeals No. L-19-1204, 2020 Ohio 4336, Court of Appeals of Ohio Sixth Appellate District Lucas County (September 4, 2020) was asked to reverse his conviction.

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