Zalma’s Insurance Fraud Letter – September 1, 2023

ZIFL – 9/1/2023 – Volume 27, Issue 17

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This, the seventeenth issue of the 27th year of publication Zalma’s Insurance Fraud Letter provides multiple articles on how to deal with insurance fraud in the United States.

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Allstate’s Qui Tam Actions Work to Take the Profit Out of Fraud

Man Bites Dog Story – Allstate May Sue on Behalf of State for Insurance Fraud

Allstate Insurance Company and several of its affiliates (collectively, Allstate) brought qui tam actions on behalf of the State of California alleging insurance fraud under the California Insurance Frauds Prevention Act (IFPA) (Ins. Code, § 1871 et seq.) and the Unfair Competition Law (UCL) (Bus. &Prof. Code, § 17000 et seq.) against three medical corporations, a medical management company and its parent company, four physicians, and Sattar Mir, an individual.

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More McClenny Moseley & Associates Issues

This is ZIFL’s Thirteenth 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.

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Bad Men Must Serve the Time for Crimes from Insurance Fraud to Murder

Insurance Fraud is a Violent Crime

After a multiple-count indictment against dozens of members of the Gangster Disciples five of them, Alonzo Walton, Kevin Clayton, Donald Glass, Antarious Caldwell, and Vancito Gumbs, appealed their convictions and sentences following a joint trial. Each raised several grounds for reversal contending they were overcharged and over-sentenced. Some argued that the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act violated the Sixth Amendment because the jury failed to find that the conspiracy involved murder.

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Good News From the

Edgar Perez, 51, of Miramar, Florida, the final defendant of a 12 person, $53M healthcare fraud conspiracy has been sentenced to federal prison. This will be followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of $547K for his participation in a healthcare fraud conspiracy that billed Coalition member Blue Cross Blue Shield for more than $53M for services, including allergy tests and physical therapy, that patients never received. The defendants opened multiple clinics throughout South Florida and paid recruiters to provide personal information for insurance beneficiaries. The defendants then submitted fraudulent bills to BCBS and received payments into clinic bank accounts before transferring them to personal accounts, making cash withdrawals, and laundering money through various businesses and individuals.

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Health Insurance Fraud Convictions

Four East Tennessee Doctors Convicted in Drug Trafficking and Fraud Scheme

Evann Herrell, Mark Grenkoski, Keri McFarlane, and Stephen Cirelli were each physicians who worked for EHC Medical in Harriman and Jacksboro, Tenn.  Robert Taylor, who opened EHC Medical in 2013 and operated it through late 2018, pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking conspiracy charge and was sentenced earlier this year to 30 months in prison.  He forfeited $13.8 million and paid an additional fine of $200,000.  Lori Barnett, a registered nurse who helped Taylor supervise day-to-day operations, and three other physicians – Matthew Rasberry, Helen Bidwaid, and Eva Misra – also pleaded guilty to related drug or money laundering charges and are awaiting sentencing.

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Other Insurance Fraud Convictions

Murdaugh’s Friend Pleads to More Charges in Helping Steal Insurance Funds

Cory Fleming, a 54-year-old former attorney, convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh `s old college buddy has pleaded guilty to a second set of charges for helping the disgraced South Carolina attorney steal millions of dollars of insurance settlements from the sons of Murdaugh’s dead housekeeper.

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Insurance Fraud by Insurers

Insurance fraud is not limited to fraud by insureds against their insurers or claimants defrauding people who are insured. Much to the shame of the insurance industry, the reverse also happens.

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Barry Zalma

Barry Zalma, Esq., CFE, now limits his practice to service as an insurance consultant specializing in insurance coverage, insurance claims handling, insurance bad faith and insurance fraud almost equally for insurers and policyholders. He also serves as an arbitrator or mediator for insurance related disputes. He practiced law in California for more than 44 years as an insurance coverage and claims handling lawyer and more than 55 years in the insurance business. He is available at and

About Barry Zalma

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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