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Dumbest Insurance Fraud Cases

Author: Life Quotes, Inc.

Published: 2011-03-27

Synopsis and Key Points:

Desperation greed and the lack of common sense are possible reasons insurance fraudsters try to make a fast buck at the expense of others.

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With insurance fraud cases on the rise as people struggle through a tough economy, Life Quotes, Inc. and the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud reveal the Top 11 Dumbest Insurance Fraud Cases of All-Time.

Desperation, greed and the lack of common sense are possible reasons insurance fraudsters try to make a fast buck at the expense of others.

Insurance fraud is a very serious crime that costs insurance companies and policyholders alike. In fact, according to latest estimates by the Insurance Information Institute (III), property and casualty fraud alone costs policyholders $30 billion a year.

But some of the most egregious insurance fraud cases that pass through the desk of anti-insurance fraud groups such as the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud can be downright ridiculous.

Here's a list of some of the most memorable:

A correction officer and native of Naugatuck, Conn. was defrauding his place of business by fraudulently collecting $5,000 in workers compensation, claiming he was injured on the job. That was until he showed up on TV in drag running a 40-yard dash trying to win tickets to a Hannah Montana concert. He had almost got away with it, until a photograph of him running in drag to win concert tickets showed up in the local paper.

Most believe this type of behavior is nothing more than an urban legend... but think again. Carla Patterson, a woman from Virginia, allegedly found a rodent in her soup while having dinner at Cracker Barrel restaurant. Naturally, she demanded the restaurant give her a $500,000 business liability insurance payout for her emotional trauma. Following an autopsy of the renegade rodent, it was discovered the mouse did not have soup in its lungs, so it did not perish from drowning in Patterson's vegetable soup. Patterson was charged with insurance fraud and spent a year in jail.

A couple in Massachusetts, Ronald and Mary Evano, took to glass eating in order to scam grocers, restaurants, bars and hotels out of insurance money. In almost every instance, the establishments involved in the case, simply paid up in order to avoid a lawsuit. When it was all said and done, the duo collected nearly $200,000 in fraudulent claims using bogus identification and social security cards. While Ronald was incarcerated in 2006 for the scam, Mary was on the lamb until recently. She was finally arrested in 2010 and charged with insurance fraud.

Loose lips do indeed sink ships... Just ask Michael Paul Schook, a Suffield, Conn. ex-con who decided to evade his mounting debt and a home that was going into foreclosure by burning it to the ground. In order to collect $250,000 in homeowners insurance money, Schook left a fat-filled pan on the stove before he left the house for an outing with his family. The house burned down, but unfortunately Schook was so impressed by his own brilliance, he told all the locals about his plan to burn down his house. Even his children told schoolmates of the deed. In no time, school officials called the authorities and Schook was charged with insurance fraud and spent seven years in prison for the staged fire.

For more on this story, see "The 11 Dumbest Insurance Fraud Cases of All-Time"

For more about insurance fraud, see "Insurance Fraud Cases Remain Steady In 2010"

Originally founded in 1984 as Quotesmith Corporation, Life Quotes, Inc. owns and operates a comprehensive consumer information service and companion insurance brokerage service that caters to the needs of self-directed insurance shoppers. Visitors to the Company's website,, are able to obtain free, instant car insurance quotes, instant life insurance quotes, home, business and health insurance quotes from leading insurers and have the freedom to buy online or by phone from any company shown. Life Quotes, Inc. generates revenues from receipt of industry-standard commissions, including back-end bonus commissions and volume-based contingent bonus commissions that are paid by participating insurance companies. We also generate revenues from the sale of website traffic and insurance leads to various third parties.

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