THE COALITION INTRODUCES THE NEWEST INDUCTEES
It’s time to unveil the newest dishonorees of the Insurance Fraud Hall of Shame; the perpetrators of the year’s most brazen, vicious or just plain klutzy insurance misadventures. All of these extreme
schemers were convicted or had other legal closure in
the last year.
The No-Class of 2015 adds new extreme schemers to the pantheon of purloining created by the Coalition Against
Insurance Fraud. The newest moguls of
mayhem blew up neighborhoods, conducted painful quack surgery on healthy
people and tried to kill puppies as part of
their efforts to defraud insurers.
Recounting such real-life cases helps
to shape public opinion against fraud and
deter would-be fraudsters while building
greater societal intolerance of the crime.
The shamers thus publicly brand insurance fraud as a deviant crime and dead-end street.
Their plots attract consumer attention
in an era of extreme message overload.
Consumers are exposed to about 360
ads per day, receive 93 emails and spend
593 minutes a day on various media.
Typical social-media users also consume
285 pieces of content daily. That’s 54,000
words, and as many as 1,000 clickable
links plus about 443 minutes of video.
The shamers are highly clickable, year
in and year out. Here are this year’s en-
trants to the Hall of Shame.
Stuck with gambling habits and debts,
Leonard wanted to burn down his
home for a $300,000 insurance payday.
He botched the plot. The gasoline and
escaping natural gas he built up exploded
like a drone strike. The blast leveled
much of the Indianapolis subdivision,
causing causing $5 million in damage.
It was one of the most-violent insurance
arsons in U.S. history.
Dion and Jennifer Longworth lived
next door. Jennifer died when the second
floor pancaked, and Dion was burned
alive in the basement. Dozens of other
neighbors were injured. Leonard received
life without parole.
Fraud fighters took down the largest no-fault auto scheme ever charged. It was an
attempted $279 million thievery from
auto insurers. Zemlyansky’s fraud cartel
made dodgy injury claims involving real
and phantom car wrecks in the New York
City area. Most operatives were of Russian descent.
Among his gang members were 10
doctors and three lawyers helping to run
an archipelago of sham clinics. Patients
were given rubber-stamped “
modality treatments” which included physical
therapy or acupuncture, often up to five