The following is part of our ongoing Case Closed series, where we document actual cases that have been brought to trial though the efforts of the Brumell Group. We are dedicated not only to the investigation process, but also through to the prosecution of the fraudulent claimants, even testifying as expert witnesses for relevant cases.
When Jeff Schneider started as the Senior Manager of Liability in 2011 at a large Southeast grocery store chain, the company was suffering from an excessive amount of fraud, along with the financial costs associated with that fraud. Fraud is a crime that has a cost born by everyone, including both the company and its customers. He knew that the stores were losing money, and were being forced to pass some of those costs on to the consumer. It was a problem that needed to be addressed, and quickly. Schneider chose to bring the Brumell Group forward to take up the task.
When it comes to fraud consulting, SIU management, compliance and investigations, it’s important to remember the high place that ethics and principles have in the process. At the Brumell Group, we consider ourselves in good company in this respect. Across the board, independent investigation firms just like ours are working diligently to ensure that justice is an attainable goal and fraud is accurately caught.
At our firm, we have a core list of these principles that we live and work by. Although these principles may be common in our industry, they are very personal to us, and we take them seriously.
On October 15, 2010, the claimant, Gina Marie Cruz, allegedly suffered an injury to her right wrist. Four days later, she came in on crutches, claiming an injury to her ankle. Through research and a full investigation, Brumell Group learned…
This year, the Brumell Group is celebrating over 25 years of fraud consulting, SIU compliance and investigation services. It's our pleasure to be able to partner with our clients, using our experience, integrity and confidentiality to protect their businesses, families…
Do you know how much a bad hire could cost you or your company? It can be tempting for businesses to skip the background investigations in certain situations, but it is never recommended. With nearly half of resumes including some kind of discrepancy, pre-employment screenings are vital for any business that values security, capital and morale.
There is a rise of “negligent hiring” lawsuits in the U.S. The courts are finding that companies, even small businesses, have “duty of care” responsibility to make sure other employees and customers are safe from physical harm and security risks when doing business with you and your staff.
Fraudulent activity has and always will be an issue in our society. These articles from Miami News date back to 1973 and prove the problem of fraud is timeless — and costly in automotive and medical insurance claims, as well as other areas of profession. Thank you to John Kruzewski for sending our way!
“The Bricklayer’s Insurance Claim” is a hilarious story that shows how “creative” a claimant can be when recalling the events of their claim. Hopefully you’ve never come across a testimonial like this when looking into a workers compensation claim. (Unfortunately, they’re not uncommon.)
What is the most outrageous claim you’ve seen come across your desk? Share in the comments below!
Do you need help deciding if and when you need the help of an investigator? Investigation services are crucial to those with a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that all monies paid are legitimate. Investigative services control costs of a claim by determining the compensability or liability of the claim, mitigation and/or determining fraud.