In this edition of Fraud Files we take a look at a former beauty pageant winner turned alleged criminal. Christin Didier, a former Miss Montana USA, was convicted of defrauding her insurance company while her historic mansion was undergoing repairs was sentenced to five years on federal probation. Roger Morris has the full report in the video below.
One example of the type of device thieves are using to unlock vehicles.
It’s a growing trend lately and it has many law enforcement agencies scratching their heads. Thieves are using high-tech electronic devices to break through the keyless-entry systems that lock up modern cars.
They are using what some or dubbing as electronic “scanner boxes” that allow them to mimic the signal emitted by key fobs that open car doors with the click of a button.
Once inside, thieves can steal personal items in a matter of seconds.
The video below shows how alleged thieves are using this device.
On Monday co-defendant Kirk Bills was sentenced to 4 to 10 years for his involvement in the case. Clark County District Court Judge David Barker said Bills acted “hand in hand” with former shop owner Gloria Lee.
“You’re the one who chose to light the match,” the judge told Bills. “You couldn’t have possibly not known those were living creatures in these cages.”
The incident sparked intense interest and protests from animal rights advocates after Lee was arrested in Las Vegas shortly after the fire. The animals became the focus of an ownership battle before they were raffled in March to raise money for local animal shelters.
These electronic “scanner boxes” allows the thief to mimic the signal emitted by key fobs that open car doors with the click of a button. Once inside, thieves can steal personal items.
Sausalito (CA) police said last Thursday a man used this same type of device to unlock a vehicle. Surveillance footage shows the suspect casing a parked black Audi. He approaches the car and taps the passenger’s door handle. The doors unlock and the man is able to walk away with a suitcase and a $15,000 Cervelo custom bike.
The pet shop, Prince and Princess, sprinkler system was able to douse the flames and saved the lives of the 25 puppies and two adult dogs inside the store.
During ther trial, Lee revealed that she is pregnant, but the news did not put off the lengthy sentence in the case. Prosecutor Shanon Clowers said the pregnancy announcement was simply an attempt at garnering a “get out of jail free card.”
Lee pleaded guilty in October to arson, insurance fraud and attempted animal cruelty charges in a plea deal that had 28 other charges against her dismissed.
In this edition of Fraud Files we take a look at a multi-jurisdictional task force in Missouri that had been investigating multiple vehicle thefts near the Franklin and Jefferson county line.
Officers were going to make an arrest in a garage, near Lonedell, Missouri, when a vehicle with three people inside charged at the officers. The officers then opened fire on the vehicle, striking two men inside and killing one of them.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is a not-for-profit organization that receives support from nearly 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. For over 100 years the NICB has partnered with insurers and law enforcement agencies to facilitate the identification, detection and prosecution of insurance criminals.
In January AM Best caught up with NICB CEO Joe Wehrle and took a tour of our New York office to see how we continue to combat insurance fraud on a daily basis.
Irina and Igor Vorotinov were indicted Thursday on suspicion of scheming to cheat an insurance company out of $2 million by allegedly faking his death in the family’s homeland of Moldova. Their son, Alkon Vorotinov, was previously indicted for his role in the cover-up, and intends to plead guilty next month.
According to the case against the Vorotinovs, Igor bought a life insurance policy in April 2010. Then in October 2011, police in Moldova were notified about a dead body found along the road. A passport, hotel cards and phone numbers identified the man as Igor Vorotinov.
As we’ve reported earlier tow trucks scams are becoming a major issue across the country. In Chicago rogue towing has become the most popular trend. That is when tow operators take advantage of accident victims in order to charge exorbitant fees over and above what would be reasonable to tow a vehicle.
One tow company in Chicago has been placing online ads for tows for only $65. However, Natalie Bomke of WFLD-TV found out that wasn’t the case for many victims of this alleged scam. FOX 32 News Chicago
Dr. Lherisson Domond fronted ownership of the clinic, Unity Pain and Injury Center, from February to December 2012, but the clinic was operated by several non-licensed individuals who offered to pay Domond $1,500 a month for use of his name.
An investigation stated the clinic illegally provided medical treatment and physical therapy to individuals involved in motor vehicle accidents. The treatments then were billed to insurers under the patients’ personal injury protection insurance coverage.
The investigation further revealed that two other individuals, Nesly Loute and Pierre Alex Herisse, allegedly hired clinic staff and managed its operations. The three arrested individuals face felony charges for fraud, operating an unlicensed clinic and grand theft that carry sentences of up to 30 years.