THE YEAR’S MOST SHAMELESS FRAUDSTERS
THE COALITION PREVIEWS ITS 2013 INDUCTEES
By Christina Bramlet
ies, multiple skin grafts, and 46 sedations
for therapy. With more than 86 percent of
her body burned, Sharon will never regain
the full use or her limbs. Her lungs are so
damaged from the fire that she will always
need oxygen support. Convicted for murder, Wand is now serving three consecutive life sentences with no possibility for
parole. Meanwhile, bizarre details continue to emerge. Stay tuned to learn about an
explosive turn involving Wand’s younger
brother and allegations of identity theft.
Gerald Eugene Singer
One 74-year-old Muskegon, Michigan
man convicted earlier this year must pay
$653,140 in restitution to his victims in
addition to potentially spending the rest
of his adult life behind bar or, more specifically, as many as 55 years in prison.
A jury convicted Gerald Eugene Singer
in March 2013 on two counts of arson,
three counts of using fire to commit mail
fraud, and five counts of tax fraud. Several
properties were destroyed in the process.
Ever the overachiever, Singer also racked
up one count of mail fraud for blazes at six
additional properties and two attempted fires
at other properties in Muskegon Heights.
Inductee: Sol Naimark
Living the dream in New York, Sol
Naimark was a high-ranking leader in
be “not much.” The resident of Darling-
ton, Wisconsin not only burned down
his home, killing his sons, but also tried
to murder his pregnant wife and their
2-year-old daughter—all for an insurance
payout. His wife, Sharon, would later
miscarry, while the ensuing trial would
bring about more sordid revelations.
Wand desired a fresh start, one without
his family. But that would require money.
So he devised a plan: set fire to their rented
house, killing all inside, and then use the
insurance policy proceeds to begin anew.
To everyone’s horror, Wand was partially
successful. The blaze killed his three sons:
Allen Wand, 7; Jeffery Wand, 5; and Joseph Wand, 3; and left his 27-year-old
wife in critical condition for months.
The couple’s 2-year-old daughter, Jessica, was the only sibling to survive but
barely, and not without resistance. Incredibly, when Sharon carried the child outside,
Armin tried to pull her back in the fire.
Sharon has since endured five surger-
As insurance carriers, law enforce-
ment and other entities wage war on
fraud, the Coalition continues to serve
as a resource and unfortunate holding
cell for the latest breaking news about
arrests, pervasive schemes and individ-
ual cons preying on both l&h and p&c
insurers and their customers.
The Coalition’s annual list effectively
puts a face on fraud while challenging us
to reassess its impact and make—and adhere to—resolutions in the new year.
Each of the felons featured here hasbeen
formally charged and/or involved in legal
resolution for fraud during the current
calendar year. As you’ll read, many of their
victims paid dearly, some with their lives.
Inductee: Armin Wand
What’s a life worth? If one were to ask
Armin Wand, the answer would likely
Mere moments away from unsealing the highly anticipated list of 2013 inductees to the “Insurance Fraud Hall of Shame,” James Quiggle, director of communications at the Coalition Against Insurance
Fraud (known as The Coalition), is divulging some of the year’s
highlights,or low lights (as it were) exclusively to Claims. The
forthcoming list represents one of many initiatives spearheaded
by the Coalition to enhance public awareness and educate the
industry about the heinous crime (and many variations) of
insurance fraud, which siphoned an estimated $64 billion from
U.S. p&c insurers in 2012. That number is expected to swell to
$80 billion by 2015, according to Aite Group.