times a week for each patient.
Zemlyansky’s gang also billed insurers
for fake crashes. Personal injury lawyers
sued insurers after coaching patients on
how to mimic symptoms of injuries. Most
of his gang pleaded guilty. Zemlyansky
awaits sentencing and could receive a
century in prison. (See the September
2015 issue of Claims for the full story on
Bankrupt and needing cash, the Las Vegas pet-shop owner tried to burn alive
27 terrified puppies locked in their cages.
Incredibly, her own security cameras recorded the nighttime action.
She teamed up with her dreadlocked
lover, Kirk Bills, who she let into the store
via the back door according to the security footage. He spread gasoline from red
cans around the store — and coated the
locked cages full of cringing puppies. She
tried to frame her husband for the deed
and file a $100,000 insurance claim.
Luckily the fire fizzled. Lee received
up to 14 years in prison and Bills up to
His business in Seattle was struggling, so
Pang started a warehouse insurance blaze
that killed four fire fighters. Walter Kilgo-re, James Brown, Gregory Shoemaker
and Randy Terlicker died when the floor
collapsed and they were thrown into the
burning basement. Seven other fire fighters just managed to escape a similar fate.
Pang then took thievery to new heights.
From inside the penitentiary he suppos-
edly tried to steal the identities of the in-
vestigators in his
case, although he
was not criminally
charged. A court
ruled in April that
he must repay
nearly $1 million
to the families of
the fire fighters.
Pang had earlier
received 35 years in prison.
An NYPD cop who took an oath to de-
fend the law, instead routinely broke it
in serial fashion. Driving a Mercedes-
Benzes drained Urena’s bank accounts, so
he launched a spree of false auto claims.
Urena lied that someone had vandal-
ized his leased ML350. He used the insur-
ance money to repair pre-existing dam-
age. Urena then reported the car stolen
the day before his lease expired. He had a
cohort burn it, and cashed another insur-
ance check for phantom repairs.
His next Mercedes proved too expen-
sive so he rear-ended a U-Haul, trying to
convince his insurer to declare the car a
total loss. A Dodge Charger came after
that. Urena was involved in a crash and
made an inflated claim for pre-existing
damage. He could spend up to three years
in prison when sentenced.
Dozens of mostly elderly and low-income
clients urgently needed insurance settlements that Krawitz had negotiated for
them, but the Manhattan personal-injury
lawyer stole their money — more than
$1.9 million worth. One victim was a
96-year-old great-grandmother who hurt
her shoulder in a car crash.
Krawitz also stole $65,000 from Robert
Rough, who was dying of cancer. A car
crash left him with severe nerve damage
in his hands, costing him his business.
Rough died without receiving any money.
Meanwhile, Krawitz lived in a
$2-million home and sent his kids to
private school. Krawitz will be schooled
in a jail cell since he received up to 12
years in state prison.
DR. ARIA SABIT
Patients received useless and painful spinal surgeries so a neurosurgeon could
steal $11 million from insurers. The De-