Every now and then we round up a few insurance scams and fake claims, just so you claims peeps can learn the ways of the trickster.
PLENTY OF FISH WITH A SIDE ORDER OF WHIPLASH PLEASE
Normally the frauds on Plenty of Fish involve ludicrous claims about age, height, photoshopped profile pics and a tissue of lies built around liking quiet nights in with red wine and good movie. But this guy had a dream; he wanted claimants for his insurance scam.
Na Var Derick Lee, 37, met women through the online dating service Plenty of Fish and then convinced them to make a fake claim to their insurance carriers. All of the false claims involved similar stories about colliding with Lee. For a while, it worked, with Lee raking in $50,000, reports the Pasadena Now website. But then insurers investigated and the result was a guilty verdict and a suspended sentence in Nevada.
CUMBRIA’S MR BIG JAILED
Another guy keen on fake injury claims is Mark McCracken, who raked in almost £1m by using multiple identities. Then he submitted claims using all those invented IDs. Just shows you how useful ID verification software is at the point of quote.
The News & Star, that august journal based in Carlisle, reports that McCracken even faked a woman’s voice during one call. Again there’s voice analytics software to deal with that level of Lily Savage impressionism. Interestingly, McCracken invested much of his ill-gotten gains in building a property portfolio, which also highlights how insurance fraud can often be linked to other dubious financial transactions. Follow the money trail online and much may be revealed.
He was ordered to pay back about 500K, which is the sum of his traceable assets.
WAS DRIVING HOME FROM THE PUB, GREEN POLE JUMPED OUT
Many people often see Councils as a soft touch in so many ways. But enjoying a few pints, driving into the roadside scenery, and then claiming that the Council’s workforce left a green pole in the way, is taking the biscuit. One fraudster in Hertfordshire put a claim in for £25,000 in total based on this tale of woe, as he wanted a new car.
Fungai Gwekwerere, 41, was investigated by the fraud team at Hertfordshire Council and the Police, and yes, his story fell apart when workers found debris from his car and a damaged guardrail – no green pole.
He was sentenced to six months custody, reports the local paper, suspended for 18 months, following his conviction at St Albans Crown Court and also ordered to carry out 120 hours unpaid work.
SOME COPS ARE WOULD-BE ROBBERS
Not all Police Officers are trustworthy and this case highlights how the temptation to take part in an organised insurance fraud can lead to loss of career. According to My London, PC Murat Isik, of the Metropolitan Police Roads and Transport Policing Command, was found guilty of four counts of fraud by false representation, two counts of using a false instrument with intent and three counts of making a false statement to obtain insurance.
He was found guilty and given 20 months jail time.