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2 Florida Police Officers Charged with Boat Arson, Insurance Fraud

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

2 Florida Police Officers Charged with Boat Arson, Insurance Fraud
News from Insurance Journal:

Florida state law enforcement officials announced they arrested a police officer and another man for allegedly conspiring to defraud an insurer by purposely destroying a pleasure boat.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said they arrested Melbourne Police Department Sergeant Brian Wical on charges of arson and filing a false and fraudulent police report and insurance claim.

According to investigators, in September 2013, Wical reported that his 2008 Stratas boat was stolen from his home in Palm Bay, Florida. The boat was later found having been burned and destroyed. The boat was valued at $ 40,000 and Wical collected $ 45,000 from his insurance claim.

Investigators said that Wical was assisted by another former Melbourne police officer, James Roy Hartman, who was also charged with arson and filing a false insurance claim.

Wical and Hartman turned themselves into authorities on March 18 and were released on their own recognizance, according to officials.

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5 Jupiter men indicted on boat insurance fraud

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

5 Jupiter men indicted on boat insurance fraud
News from WPTV:

JUPITER, Fla. – Five men from Jupiter were among 7 people who have been indicted on charges of boat insurance fraud.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the men either created sham insurance policies or submitted fraudulent marine insurance claims in connection with a scheme to defraud Boat U.S.

35-year-old Christopher Labaire, 47-year-old Greg Wilson, 36-year-old Jerold Wolfe, 47-year-old John Grant and 45-year-old Scott Coleman, all from Jupiter,  were among the seven indicted.

The claims totaled more than 800 thousand dollars, according to the FBI.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, the men would create sham boat insurance policies, make a few premium payments and then submit false claims of total boat losses.

The indictments were announced December 12th.

If convicted the men face 20 years in federal prison.

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St. Augustine man one of 7 indicted in insurance fraud case

Friday, December 13th, 2013

St. Augustine man one of 7 indicted in insurance fraud case
News from Florida Times-Union:

A 46-year-old St. Augustine man is one of seven people indicted by a grand jury with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud Boat U.S. of $ 853,758 in false insurance claims, according to the FBI.

John J. Kurant, Jr. was indicted along with Jupiter residents Christopher E. Labaire, 35; Greg Wilson, 47; Jerold Wolfe, 36; John Grant, 47; and Scott Coleman, 45; as well as 34-year-old Adam Horvit of Parkland, according to the FBI. If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

According to court documents, Kurant was a claims adjuster for Boat U.S. in its Orange Park office when he reached an agreement with Labaire to defraud the company’s marine insurance program by creating insurance policies and submitting fraudulent claims. Labaire, a longtime friend of Kurant, submitted fraudulent claims and also got others in South Florida to pose as boat owners and do the same with Boat U.S., according to the FBI. Kurant had them assigned to him, and that resulted in insurance checks sent to the friends, the FBI said.

The case will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorneys Office.

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Charges brought after $800000 boat insurance fraud

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Charges brought after $ 800000 boat insurance fraud
News from ActionNewsJax.com:

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced a grand jury returned five indictments charging seven men with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

The men charged are 46-year-old John J. Kurant, Jr., of St. Augustine, 34-year-old Adam Horvit, of Parkland, and 35-year-old Christopher E. Labaire, 47-year-old Greg Wilson, 36-year-old Jerold Wolfe, 47-year-old John Grant, and 45-year-old Scott Coleman all from Jupiter.  They each face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison if convicted.

The Department of Justice says the indictments of Kurant and Labaire cite that Boat U.S. paid out $ 853,758.33 in insurance proceeds based upon the sham and fraudulent marine insurance claims.

The DOJ says the scam, worked by Kurant, a claims adjuster for Boat U.S., partnering with Labaire, defrauded their marine insurance program by creating and submitting fake insurance policies and claims.  The claims included the other men as pleasure boat owners who experienced ‘total losses’ including theft, damage, or sinking.  When the boat insurance claims were paid, the DOJ alleges the seven men shared the money.

The case was investigated by the FBI, Florida Department of Financial Services and Division of Insurance Fraud. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark B. Devereaux.

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Miami Boat Captain Charged with Insurance Fraud Over Sinking of $1.8M Yacht

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Miami Boat Captain Charged with Insurance Fraud Over Sinking of $ 1.8M Yacht
News from Insurance Journal:

A Miami boat captain has been arrested on a first-degree grand theft charge for allegedly sinking a $ 1.86 million yacht in 2009 off the Bahamas.

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced the arrest of Robert Figueredo by detectives from the Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF).

“There is no such thing as a victimless crime,” CFO Atwater said. “Those who reap the spoils of perpetuating fraud victimize every Florida consumer. Those who cheat their fellow Floridians out of their hard-earned dollars will be captured and put behind bars.”

The division initiated an investigation into the sinking of the 80-foot yacht “Star One” reported stolen from Key Biscayne on May 4, 2009, one day after it was discovered scuttled in an area known as the “Tongue of the Ocean” offshore from the Bahamas.

Atwater said suspicions of Figueredo’s involvement were initially raised by a statement from Figueredo’s ex-girlfriend, who told police that he had bragged to her that he had sunk the boat deliberately.

Figueredo gave a sworn statement to the insurance company that he had no knowledge of the theft, and he was completely unaware of who had taken the Star One, according to officials. Federated Insurance Co. received the claim for the sunken boat.

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Scott signs law in Jacksonville that will crack down on insurance fraud

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Scott signs law in Jacksonville that will crack down on insurance fraud
News from Chicago Tribune:

Jacksonville isn’t known as a hot spot for staged car crashes, but Sheriff John Rutherford’s backing of insurance fraud legislation brought Gov. Rick Scott to Jacksonville Friday for a bill-signing ceremony.

Surrounded by uniformed police officers, Scott signed the bill in a parking lot next to the Northeast Florida Criminal Justice Training and Education Center.

Rutherford lobbied for the legislation on behalf of the Florida Sheriffs Association. He also cut a television ad urging state lawmakers to crack down on people ripping off insurance companies with phony accident claims.

“When law enforcement gets involved, things get done,” Scott said before signing the bill at the center, located on the North Campus of Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Scott later took a boat tour of the St. Johns River with state Sen. John Thrasher, who successfully obtained $ 5.6 million in river restoration money. A year ago, Scott vetoed $ 10 million for the river but he left the funding in the budget…………… continues on Chicago Tribune

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Scott signs law in Jacksonville that will crack down on insurance fraud

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Scott signs law in Jacksonville that will crack down on insurance fraud
News from Florida Times-Union:

Jacksonville isn’t known as a hot spot for staged car crashes, but Sheriff John Rutherford’s backing of insurance fraud legislation brought Gov. Rick Scott to Jacksonville Friday for a bill-signing ceremony.

Surrounded by uniformed police officers, Scott signed the bill in a parking lot next to the Northeast Florida Criminal Justice Training and Education Center.

Rutherford lobbied for the legislation on behalf of the Florida Sheriffs Association. He also cut a television ad urging state lawmakers to crack down on people ripping off insurance companies with phony accident claims.

“When law enforcement gets involved, things get done,” Scott said before signing the bill at the center, located on the North Campus of Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Scott later took a boat tour of the St. Johns River with state Sen. John Thrasher, who successfully obtained $ 5.6 million in river restoration money. A year ago, Scott vetoed $ 10 million for the river but he left the funding in the budget this time.

Scott touted the insurance bill as a way to keep the cost of living low in Florida.

A state report found the frequency of Florida crashes decreased 12 percent from 2005 to 2010 but payments on personal injury protection claims went up by 66 percent. Scott said the cost of covering fraudulent injury claims forces higher insurance premiu…………… continues on Florida Times-Union

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Insurance fraud leads to probation

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Insurance fraud leads to probation
News from Maui News:

WAILUKU – A 77-year-old Pukalani man, whose insurance had lapsed when his boat sank two years ago, was placed on five years’ probation in an insurance fraud case.

“I’m just sorry for this whole mess,” Chester Dilley said as he was sentenced last week. “I’ll know better next time when I deal with insurance companies. At this point, I’m never going to trust them.”

His trial had been under way in 2nd Circuit Court earlier this year when Dilley pleaded no contest to insurance fraud and attempted first-degree theft for making a claim for payment after his 27-foot recreational boat Seawren III sank Feb. 7, 2010, off Olowalu. Dilley and others had been whale watching at the time.

According to trial testimony, he called Progressive Insurance after the fact and bought an insurance policy. A couple of days later, he made the claim for the boat.

Special Deputy Attorney General Ryan Shinsato said Dilley told a fire captain who responded to the sinking that he didn’t have insurance for the boat. “It tells me that he knew exactly what he was going to do,” Shinsato said at Friday’s hearing.

Deputy Public Defender Shelly Miyashiro said Dilley had been going through rough times. “That may have contributed to his lapse in insurance,” she said.

Second Circuit Judge Richard Bissen said he considered Dilley’s “character as a whole an…………… continues on Maui News

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Scranton man charged with insurance fraud in stolen vehicle/boat scheme

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Scranton man charged with insurance fraud in stolen vehicle/boat scheme
News from The Express Times – LehighValleyLive.com:

A Scranton man allegedly filed a false insurance claim worth $ 61,000 for his truck, boat and trailer, according to court records.

According to court records:

Rodrigo M. Palomares, 31, claimed his 2010 Dodge Ram truck, a 2001 21½-foot Maxum boat, a boat trailer, two new truck tires and $ 300 cash were stolen April 22.

He claimed smoke was coming from the rear axle and he left the truck at the Shell service station near the Stockertown exit on Route 33 in Plainfield Township. He told police the service station was closed, so he left the keys on top of the bed cover and had a friend come pick him up.

The friend told police Palomares called him between 10:30 and 11 a.m. seeking help after the truck broke down.

State police subpoenaed Palomares’ cell phone records and showed a call routed from Palomares through a Mount Pocono cell tower around 11:47 a.m., after Palomares was allegedly stranded near Stockertown.

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Texas Insurer in New York Boat Accident Pleads Guilty to Fraud

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Texas Insurer in New York Boat Accident Pleads Guilty to Fraud
News from Insurance Journal:

A Houston man has pleaded guilty to a charge related to selling fraudulent insurance policies, including one to a company that owned a tour boat which capsized in a New York lake in 2005, killing 20 tourists.

Federal officials say Christopher Purser pleaded guilty in Houston federal court on Oct. 5 to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Authorities say Purser sold fraudulent policies from 2004 to 2006 in Texas and across the U.S.

One of the policies he sold was to Shoreline Cruises Inc., which operated the Ethan Allen, a boat that tipped over on Lake George in northern New York in October 2005. Officials sa…………… continues on Insurance Journal

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