Bob Leonard blew up a house in a botched
$300,000 insurance-arson plot that burned
next-door neighbors alive, and leveled
much of the Indianapolis neighborhood.
Leonard helped rig a microwave to
a timer. He and his half-brother, Mark
Leonard, had leaked natural gas throughout the home. The unstable fumes detonated like an astroid strike when the microwave emitted sparks.
Jennifer Longworth, who lived next
door, was killed instantly. Her husband,
Dion, died screaming in pain when a fireball engulfed the basement where he was
trapped. About 80 homes were damaged
or destroyed. Dozens of people, including
children, were traumatized and injured.
Leonard showed the empathy of a
stone. “Oh well, they died,” he said about
the Longworths. The state court’s empathetic sentence: life without parole. Mark
Leonard was a dishonored Hall of Shamer
An irate sex partner sped a bullet into
John Smiley after a night of swapping at
a San Francisco swingers club. Rendered
a paraplegic, Smiley morphed his libidinous frolicking into a sham $4-million
Smiley was a corrections officer with
the California prison system. He and wife
Cynthia swapped with the shooter and
his wife at the sex club. They argued afterward. The husband shot Smiley in the
back outside of the club, crippling him.
Smiley lied to the state-run workers-
A LEG UP?
comp insurer that a parolee with a grudge
shot him outside a restaurant. It was a
Hail Mary gambit to make his bullet
wound seem work-related. His muddled
stories of the incident sank the claim.
Smiley has eight months in jail to get his
Helping a stranded motorist on a country
road exposed Shannon Egeland to a shotgun blast that blew up his leg and forced
doctors to amputate his foot. Or so the
Idaho man told his disability insurer. He
got out of the car to help around 2 a.m.,
when someone hit him in the head, fired
the 20-gauge shotgun into his lower leg,
and then left him for dead. However, the
assailant didn’t steal his wallet, cell phone
or high-end BMW. The pellets inflicted
multiple fractures, or so Egeland said.
In reality, Egeland ordered his own son
to shoot him in the lower leg to scam his
disability policy. He had bought a dismemberment policy just a week before
the shooting, which also happened just
days before he was required to start serving 10 years for mortgage fraud in Oregon. He awaits federal sentencing for the
Dr. Fernando Mendez-Villamil tried to
pilfer $60 million in false claims for men-tal-illness drugs to Medicare seniors and
lower-income people on Medicaid.
The Miami doctor became a national
icon of lavishly overprescribing unneeded drugs for illicit profit and was singled
out in a U.S. Senate hearing.
Mendez-Villamil took large kickbacks
to dole out bogus diagnoses of mental illness. He hawked nearly 97,000 scripts for
powerful anti-psychotic drugs to Medicaid patients in just two years — the most
of any mental-health doctor in Florida.
He also soaked Medicare with 47,000
scripts to seniors in just two years.
Insurance thievery bought Mendez-Villamil a $1-million mansion. The feds
impounded 221 paintings, prints, sculptures and other artworks. Mendez-Villa-mil was rewarded with 12 years in prison.
STARVED AND ALONE
Makayla Norman was a beautiful 14-year-
old girl battling cerebral palsy. Bed-rid-den and unable to speak or move, she
weighed just 28 pounds when she died.
Her caretaker nurse, Mollie Parsons,
starved, abused and ignored the helpless Dayton, Ohio teen. Parsons amassed
false Medicaid claims for home care while
traipsing through department stores on
Insurance money paid Parsons to care
for Makayla six days per week, eight hours a
day. She showed up a few times per month.
Makayla was covered in filth, lice and