BY DENNIS JAY
ho says the elections are over? the
insurance world’s commanders in thief
also take office after balloting for the
insurance fraud hall of shame. the
action swirls around jail houses instead of White houses…
insurance policies instead of defense policy… and prison
terms more than terms of office. the electorate that
matters most is a judge and jury.
The no-class of 2016 profiles America’s most-brazen convicted insurance
criminals of the last year. They were dishonored by a poll of one: the Coalition
Against Insurance Fraud.
Some shamers are stone-cold criminals
and even murderers; others are circus-caliber bunglers. All are elected public
servants, in their backhanded way: they
put a human face on an $80-billion insurance crime that many Americans view as
a victimless prank.
The shamers transcend blue and red.
Their color is dollar-bill green. Yet thanks
to unshakeable fraud investigators and
prosecutors, the rule of law replaces the
shamer rule of flaw.
“I live my life to cheat insurance companies — my high every day is to cheat
insurance companies.” So growled Philadelphia mobster and body-shop owner
He used deer carcasses to stage vehicle wrecks with the errant animals. It
was an attempted $5-million soaking of
auto insurers for trumped-up injury and
Galati stored deer carcasses, hair and
blood at his body shop. His goons poured
the blood over cars, set up crashes and
took what they called “Hollywood photos”
of the bogus wreck scenes for insurers.
Wayward geese, dogs and chunks of
concrete also supposedly banged up cars.
He bribed a police officer to create fake
crash reports. A corrupt insurance adjuster rubber-stamped the claims.
Galati also had tow-truck drivers vandalize customers’ cars so they’d return for
more inflated insurer-paid repairs. Galati
awaits state sentencing.
FAULTY NO-FAULT CON
Michael Danilovich was a kingpin of
America’s largest no-fault staged-crash
ring ever. It was a $179 million attempted
Godzilla-size pilfering of auto insurers
using hundreds of setup and phantom
vehicle crashes in the New York City area.
A sprawling network of crooked clinics delivered worthless and inflated injury
treatment for bogus car passengers.
MRI, acupuncture and chiropractic
clinics feasted on insurers. Doctors were
on the take, illegally installed as stooge
clinic owners who did Danilovich’s bidding. Recruiters received kickbacks to deliver pretend crash victims for unneeded
tests and treatments.
Insurance plunder bought Danilovich luxury vacations, cars and watches.
Insurance crime bought him 25 years in