Go-Pro video leads to
conviction of auto insurance
By Rosalie L. Donlon, PropertyCasualty360.com
For claims professionals, social media has become a treasure troveofevidencetohelpinvesti-gate and defeat fraudulent claims.
Insureds don’t seem to understand
Loss of Corvette
that if you’re claiming that you damaged
your car on the freeway, you shouldn’t
post pictures on YouTube of you actu-
ally crashing it while engaging in risky
Robert Atlas reported to GEICO that he
had crashed his 2012 Corvette Stingray
while exiting the I- 10 freeway, on the
exit ramp at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Ariz. Atlas was paid $61,465 by
GEICO for the loss of his Corvette.
It was later discovered that on Oct. 10,
2015, Atlas had actually raced his Corvette Stingray in a drag race at a drag
racing event at Wild Horse Pass Motors-ports Park. He subsequently lost control
of his car during the race and crashed
into the concrete barrier, totaling the
Drag racing exclusion
The crash was captured on a Go-Pro
video and published on YouTube. The
policy does not cover damage caused
to the vehicle if it was involved in drag
racing. Atlas was later shown the video
footage, and he admitted to making the
false claim to GEICO Insurance.
On Jan. 25, 2017, Atlas pled guilty
to insurance fraud and as required by
the plea agreement, he paid the entire
amount of restitution back to GEICO
prior to sentencing. He was sentenced to
two years supervised probation and was
assessed $1,560 in court costs.
The case was investigated by the Arizona Department of Insurance Fraud
Unit and prosecuted by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.
…social media has
become a treasure
trove of evidence
to help investigate