A few lessons on insurance fraud

Louisiana – A couple was arrested by Louisiana State Police this week for insurance fraud after they allegedly lied about how their car, which was found abandoned and burned in eastern New Orleans, was stolen in the French Quarter. The arrests Tuesday of Franklin Gambino, 41, and his wife, Madeline Gambino, 35, followed an investigation into a complaint by State Farm insurance company, said Trooper Nick Manale, a Louisiana State Police spokesman.

An investigation revealed that the Gambinos in July of 2011 submitted a theft loss claim for their 2009 Ford Flex, alleging the car had been stolen from the French Quarter. Shortly after reporting the vehicle stolen to the New Orleans Police Department, the Ford was discovered burned and abandoned in eastern New Orleans, troopers said.

Insurance Fraud lesson #1: They are called investigators for a reason.  Faking a car theft is one of the most widely used forms of insurance fraud but it is also one of the easiest way to get caught.  In this situation, for example, if you say your car got stolen from one side of town and it is found on the other side, you probably shouldn’t be seen on the other side on the night in question just blocks from where your “stolen” car got torched.  Police investigators rarely wrap up in a case in an hour like their tv counterparts but when you are dealing with criminals like these…

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Washington –  A Washington man has been charged with insurance fraud and attempted theft after using photos from the Internet to file a $20,000 insurance claim for a dead cat that didn’t exist, officials said Thursday.
Yevgeniy Samsonov, 29, of Tacoma was involved in a minor traffic accident in 2009, and the other driver’s insurer paid some $3,500 to cover chiropractic treatment. More than two years later, Samsonov claimed that his cat Tom had been killed in the accident and he sought $20,000 in compensation.

Insurance Fraud lesson #2: If you are too lazy to snap a picture of a random cat in someone’s yard and instead think the best option is to type up “white cat” in your search engine and use the first picture you find, then you probably should stick to some other type of criminal activity because fraud takes effort.  Seriously, the first image?

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And then there was the man that canoed off into oblivion.

When John Ronald Darwin walked into a West End police station in London on the evening of December 1 last year, claiming to be suffering from amnesia, few people could have imagined the web of deceit that was about to unravel around him.

“I think I may be a missing person,” was reportedly one of the first things he told officers.

John Darwin and his wife Anne, 56, a former doctor’s receptionist, were retired and running a seafront B&B in Seaton Carew near Hartlepool when she reported him missing on March 21 2002.

John Darwin, who had worked as a teacher before joining the prison service, had apparently disappeared into the North Sea near the couple’s home in a canoe called Orca. What may have surprised his would-be rescuers was that the sea that day was as smooth as a millpond.

He had in fact, been dropped off at Durham station by his wife as the first part of an elaborate death faking plan.

Insurance Fraud lesson #3: Women have hearts.  Women have a conscious.  Women will be your downfall almost every time.  But in the end, who wants to be fake dead alone?

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Much appreciation to The Times-Picayune, KOMOnews, and The Guardian for giving us all these funnies.


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