WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The holiday season rang in with the year’s 9 most-brazen insurance-fraud
grinches taking short sleigh rides for long prison terms after foisting
outsized and elf-delusional insurance thefts.
America’s extreme insurance schemers were inducted into the Insurance
Fraud Hall of Shame by the Coalition
Against Insurance Fraud. Insurance scams are an $80-billion crime
annually, raising everyone’s premiums.
Stay alert for holiday insurance scams — and fraud grinches year-around:
Hang up on healthcare robocalls selling bogus “Trumpcare,” “Obamacare”
and suspiciously low-priced health plans.
medical identity. Avoid medical identity theft … protect your
sensitive medical information — and good credit.
scams. Steer clear of shady home contractors who steal your
downpayment, do bogus repairs and overbill your insurance.
Senior scams. Seniors are regular targets of scams such as: bogus
Medicare cards … expensive and unneeded wheelchairs
… unwanted braces.
Hall of Shame Inductees
desire. Two fire fighters died when a brick wall fell on them as
they fought an arson fire. Thu Hong Nguyen set the blaze to burn her
nail salon for insurance money in Kansas City, Mo.
to steal. A vast fraud ring run by Felix Filenger stole
fully $23 million for bogus whiplash injury claims from real and setup
car crashes in South Florida.
for blood. The largest doctor bribery scheme in U.S.
history saw chiropractor David Nicoll stealing more than $100 million.
He bribed at least 38 corrupt doctors for false testing of blood samples
in Parsippany, N.J.
killer. Erica White poisoned her blind and deaf toddler Tyrael
McFall to death for $50,000 of life insurance in the Atlanta area.
adjuster. Public adjuster Jorge Fausto Espinosa burned and
flooded dozens of homes for $14 million of inflated claims in South
Florida. Damage was rigged to look like electrical problems, kitchen
accidents and faulty water lines.
arsonist floored. Fire fighter Patrick Wolterman died
when he fell through a seared floor while combating an insurance arson
set by Billy Lester Parker and Billy Tucker in Hamilton, Ohio.
for profit. Homeless people were inflicted with painful and
unneeded spinal injections. Detroit-area streets also were
flooded with more than 4 million painkillers in a $300-million Medicare
plot by Dr. Mishiyat Rashid.
sober homes. Yury Baumblit ran unsafe flophouses that housed
homeless people and addicts in the New York City area. He pushed
many into unneeded drug rehab, forced some to take drugs, and evicted
anyone who didn’t cooperate.
addiction. Kirsten Wallace co-owned a corrupt sober home that
stole the identities of addicts to overbill insurers in a $175-million
insurance crime. It was one of the largest health-insurance plots in California