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2020 Insurance Fraud Hall of Shame

Posted by Kendra Smith

Say hello to the Insurance Fraud Hall of Shame, home of the 10 most-brazen insurance scammers of 2020.

Insurance fraud is an $80-billion annual crime wave, rising up like swamp gas. These Commanders in Thief remind us that insurance fraud is yet another damaging pandemic.

Insurance scams drive up everyone’s premiums. Scams can drain our life savings. … We endure bogus surgeries. … Some people die.

The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud has elected the nation’s most-brazen insurance criminals for nearly 20 years. The Shamers put a  human face on insurance fraud, and its high costs to all Americans. The Shamers encourage more honesty in all insurance dealings. Would-be insurance criminals also will think twice about the joys of a life-long criminal record and hard time in a cold jail cell.

Stay alert, empower yourself, and avoid being scammed. The Shamers remind us: Let’s encourage honesty with all insurance dealings.

Binge burning, false flooding wreck homes

If serial home arson is an addiction, Patrick Wayne Bronnon belonged in rehab. Read more …

Sham Navy SEAL fakes combat wounds

What a hero, Richard Meleski bleated about his harrowing combat exploits as a Navy … Read more …

Sex, relapse and fraud in unsober sober homes

Christopher Bathum styled himself as the “Rehab Mogul” — a healing guru with an … Read more …

Wired: Insurance mogul’s bribery plot short-circuits

Dubious insurance and investment dealings made Greg Lindberg a billionaire … Read more …

Caregiver starves disabled man to steal from Medicaid

Carl DeBrodie was born with a severe developmental disability that left him … Read more …

Arthritis anxiety: Patients falsely diagnosed for $325M

Patients descended into despair and depression when Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada …  Read more …

Beauty surgery glam scam exposed as skin-deep

Israel packed celebrity skin doctor David Morrow back to the U.S. to serve 20 years … Read more …

Rapper’s death riff: Son has mother shot for life insurance

Fame would flow to youthful Chicago rapper Qaw’mane Wilson. He just needed to boost his rise … Read more …

Slip-and-trip shakedown forces homeless into setup surgery

Bryan Duncan spearheaded a sprawling $31.7-million slip-and-fall ring … Read more …

Food fight: Fake poisoning extorts insurance payouts

Jacqueline Masse started a food fight. She lost. Masse was reeled in as the court’s fresh catch … Read more …