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Free Zalma’s Insurance Fraud Letter May 1, 2012

By Barry Zalma, Attorney and Consultant In this, the ninth issue of the 16th year of publication Zalma's Insurance Fraud Letter (ZIFL), ZIFL reports on: 1. Barry Zalma reports on an interesting appellate decision that convicted a person for failing to advise his insurer that he intentionally...

Organized Crime Insurance Fraud Ring Busted by California Department of Insurance Investigators

A joint investigation with the Contra Costa District Attorney’s office led Department of Insurance investigators to the arrest of five individuals for allegedly running an insurance fraud ring throughout northern California and northern Nevada. The insurers’ losses are estimated between ...

Former Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Felony Insurance Fraud Over Mickey Mantle Baseball Cards

Keith Hooks, a former City of Tracy police officer, has pled guilty to felony insurance fraud after falsifying a claim for the loss of three Mickey Mantle collector baseball cards. The California Department of Insurance initiated an investigation in May 2012 based on a tip from California State Automobile...

Insurance Agent Secretly Adds Her Own Car To Client's Insurance Policy

The California Department of Insurance arrested Graciela Elena Paredes, aka, Graciela Elena Gaxiola, 36, of Corona, on October 17, 2013. Paredes was arrested on one felony count of insurance fraud for adding herself to a client’s auto insurance policy unbeknownst to the policyholder. This case...

Former Orange County Life Insurance Agent Arrested and Charged with Felony Elder Abuse

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has announced that former life insurance agent, Myles Seishin Hanashiro, 47, was arrested and booked at Los Angeles County Jail on four felony counts of financial elder abuse. Acting as a licensed life insurance agent in 2005, Hanashiro sold a $100,000...

Sacramento Glass Harvesting Ring Files Over One Thousand False Windshield Chip Repair Claims

Insurance rip-off totals nearly $100,000 The California Department of Insurance Fraud Division today announced the arrest of three-of-six individuals suspected of running a glass harvesting ring—filing more than 1,000 false insurance claims for windshield repair totaling nearly $100,000....

Insurance Agent Issued Bogus Insurance Certificates to Dupe Clients

Rodger Edward Winkler, a property and casualty insurance agent, has been arrested and charged with numerous felonies including two counts of felony grand theft, three counts of felony insurance fraud, and one count of petty theft, for allegedly collecting insurance premiums from clients and issuing bogus...

Dancing Hamster Arrested On Insurance Fraud Charges

Leroy Barnes of Los Angeles, known as one of the dancing hamsters in Kia commercials, was arrested on insurance fraud charges related to his alleged fraudulent collection of state disability insurance benefits. Barnes is suspected of deceiving his doctors about his employment status while he receiving...