Insurance Fraud Headlines for June 9, 2015

Here are the top insurance fraud stories for today:

* Caught on Camera: Electronic Device Used to Unlock Truck (NICB Blog)

* Three teens sentenced in Manchester vehicle arson spree (Union Leader)

* Beware of used cars flooded in Texas (USA Today)

* The Storm after the Storm (60 Minutes/CBS News)

* Attorney describes Indianapolis house explosion as stupid, selfish insurance                     fraud gone awry (Fox News)

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)


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 4, 2015

Here are the top insurance fraud stories for today:

* Woman submits more than half a million dollars worth of fraudulent claims (Patch)

* Two face fraud charges stemming from insurance claims (Palm Beach Post)

* When Licensed Professionals Commit Insurance Fraud (New York Law Journal)

* Buddz’s Employees Testify in Iowa Arson Trial (KTIV News 4)

* Couple arrested on fraud charges (Minden Press-Herald)

Insurance Fraud Headlines for May 1, 2015

Here are the top insurance fraud stories for today:

* NICB Wins PR Daily’s Video Award for “Best News Story” (PR Daily)

* Baton Rouge woman arrested in insurance fraud case (KNOE 8)

* Winston-Salem woman sentenced in arson at apartment building (FOX 8)

* Oklahoma workers’ comp commissioner resigns (NewsOK)


Insurance Fraud Headlines for April 30, 2015

Here are the top insurance fraud stories for today:

* Davenport man charged with arson, insurance fraud (Quad-City Times)

* Jackson County Man Pleads Guilty to Unemployment Insurance Fraud (

* Tobacco Farmer Guilty Of Crop Insurance Fraud (U.S. Department of Justice)

* Four Kansas City Residents Indicted for Arson, Insurance Fraud Conspiracy (infoZine)

* Car Insurance: Aftermarket, OEM & Used Parts Overview (InsurerNews)


City of Detroit Being Plagued by Arson Fires

In this edition of Fraud Files we take a look at how the city of Detroit has been plagued by arson fires featuring an in-depth print series on the seriousness of the issue. The series touched on many aspects of the arson problem including arson-for-profit rings. Roger Morris has more on the issue in the video below.

Man Gets 4 to 10 Years for Lighting the Match in Pet Shop Arson


Kirk Bills (AP)

Last week we reported on the story about two individuals who set fire to a Las Vegas pet shop where 27 puppies and dogs were rescued when the building’s sprinkles doused the arson fire. Gloria Lee was sentenced last week to 5 to 14 years in prison for arson, insurance fraud and attempted animal cruelty.

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.


Woman That Set Fire to Pet Shop Sentenced to Prison

Gloria Lee

Gloria Lee was sentenced to five to 14 years in prison Courtesy: Las Vegas Review-Journal

Gloria Lee, 36, was sentenced yesterday to five to 14  years in state prison for torching her Las Vegas pet store with 27 puppies and dogs inside. Lee was caught on surveillance video removing files while co-defendant Kirk Bills poured liquid on the floor around locked kennel cages and ignited it.

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.