Insurance Fraud Headlines for May 26, 2015

Here are the top insurance fraud stories for today:

camero1* Nearly 500,000 Camero Thefts Have Occurred Since 1981(NICB)

* 30 more arrested for fire, water damage home insurance fraud (Tampa Tribune)

* Worker’s Compensation Fraudsters Caught Faking Injuries (ABC 20/20)

* An unusual car-theft trend hits Palm Springs (The Desert Sun)

* Car Sellers Beware, Attorney General Reports (Pine Bluff Commercial)

* Women, trucks, commercial vehicles prime targets for accident-stagers (Las Vegas Review Journal)


Hot Wheels Classics: Thefts of Chevy Camaros


1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS

DES PLAINES, Ill., May 26, 2015 — If leading the pack as a pace car at the Indianapolis 500 is any acknowledgement of a car’s connection to performance, then Chevrolet Camaro’s eight trips around the track is second only to the Corvette’s record of 13.

Although the Corvette’s pace car showings are more numerous, its first appearance was in 1978—25 years after its 1953 debut production. The Camaro’s first Indy 500 appearance was in 1967—the same year it was introduced to America.

From 1975 through 1989, drivers from various circuits (Indy, NASCAR, Formula One) raced against each other driving identically-prepared Chevy Camaros in the International Race of Champions* (IROC). For several years, Chevrolet produced a Camaro IROC-Z28 model in recognition of its IROC competition.

2015 Chevrolet Camaro

2015 Chevrolet Camaro

Market conditions caused Chevrolet to cease Camaro production after the 2002 model year and it remained dormant until 2010 when it re-emerged in its present—and popular—fifth-generation version. Chevrolet is looking for even greater results with the all-new, sixth-generation 2016 Camaro which will be available later this year.

NICB reviewed Camaro theft data from 1981-2014 and identified 486,783 theft records. Although theft data from 1967 is available, confidence in pre-1981 theft records is low due to the inconsistency in reporting protocols and vehicle identification number (VIN) systems in use prior to 1981. When the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration mandated standardized VINs beginning with the 1981 model year, that year became the benchmark for reliable data used in all Hot Wheels Classics reports.

The top five years for Camaro thefts were 1989 (35,881 thefts), 1988 (33,975), 1990 (33,576), 1987 (32,110) and 1991 (31,291). The top five model years for Camaro thefts were 1984 (54,533), 1986 (53,422), 1985 (43,238), 1982 (37,687) and 1987 (36,225).

See the complete report here, or copy and paste the link below into your web browser. /File%20Library/Public%20Affairs/CamaroAnnualTheftsthru2014for-release.xls

As always, readers should note that inconsistency and inaccuracy with vehicle theft reporting may impact the accuracy and reliability of this data.


Insurance Fraud Headlines for May 20, 2015

Here are the top insurance fraud stories for today:


“Operation Flames and Flood Two”

* 31 Charged in Insurance Fraud Sweep (NBC Miami)

* Daring Thieves Targeting the Toyota Prius For Its Hybrid Battery (Yahoo)

* Mopeds and scooters are being stolen at an alarming rate in Las Vegas (KLAS-TV)

* $1.3 million cell-phone insurance fraud charges (Los Angeles City and Press)



Insurance Fraud Headlines for May 18, 2015

Here are the top insurance fraud stories for today:

* Rust and mechanical issues – things you never want to hear when discussing your vehicle. (KIRO 7)

* Southern California Insurance Scammers Busted For Felony Fraud (Insurance Journal)

* Man Arrested and Charged with Allegedly Running Craigslist Scam (


Insurance Fraud Headlines for May 15, 2015

Here are the top insurance fraud stories for today:

* Mount Carmel man charged with vehicle insurance fraud (Insurance News)

* Two ambulance firms to pay $600,000 in insurance fraud settlement (Connecticut Post)

*Fraud Fraud: What it’s costing you, how to protect yourself (WABC-TV)

* Thieves eyeing Houston-area truck drivers’ tailgates (KTRK-TV)

* How to buy insurance for a salvage title car (

Insurance Fraud Headlines for May 14, 2015

Here are the top insurance fraud stories for today:

* Car theft victim warns owners of older model Hondas (KOBI 5)

* Eight Florida Residents Arrested for Involvement in PIP Fraud Scam (Insurance Journal)

* Detectives charge Englewood man with running out-of-state car insurance scam on Craigslist (

* Pompano woman sold fake insurance policies to veterans (Sun-Sentinel)

Insurance Fraud Headlines for May 13, 2015

Here are the top insurance fraud stories for today:

* Egg Harbor man who allegedly staged accident pleads not guilty to fraud (

* Woman faces charges after claiming her storage unit was burglarized (WAFB TV)

* Bucks County DA gets insurance fraud unit (WFMZ News)

* Police Charge Firefighter in Insurance Fraud Investigation (Insurance Journal)

* Auto theft, insurance fraud are focus of LI police conference (Newsday)

* Insurance Fraud May Not Be What You Think It Is (Yousefian Law)


Insurance Fraud Headlines for May 12, 2015

Here are the top insurance fraud stories for today:

* Des Moines police: Car arson may be connected to other case (Des Moines Register)

* Man convicted of workers’ compensation fraud (Command Investigations)

* ‘ME sufferer’ caught out by sports car YouTube videos (BBC)

* Nissan rules, Chrysler disappoints in latest SUV crash tests (Consumer Reports)

* Husband and wife admit massive medical kickbacks scheme (

Insurance Fraud Headlines for May 11, 2015

Here are the top insurance fraud stories for today:

Corvette* Phony Bank Check Scam Used to Purchase Corvette on Craigslist (NICB Blog)

* Former Shreveport Firefighter Faces Insurance Fraud Charges (KTBS)

* Dallas builder gets 2 years in prison for insurance fraud (Associated Press)

* Alleged Fresno insurance fraud ring could drive up your rates (ABC30)

* Jewelry Expert Testifies in $20M Insurance Fraud Fires Case (Claims Journal)

* Dallas-Area Doctor Indicted in Alleged $5M Health Care Fraud (NBC-DFW)