Many people don’t realize, but there are only two questions that a business can ask someone who has a service animal. Because of this, there has been an increase in people bringing their pets into various businesses to entrap an employee or manager into asking the wrong question, only to file a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Understanding and navigating the world of insurance fraud can be complicated. In almost every instance where insurance claims are a central focus, some kind of fraud is present. Although the economy is on the upswing, measuring those gains against the advantages fraudsters anticipate is difficult. The good news is that there are organizations in place that work to combat insurance fraud.
Working with a licensed fraud consulting service or Special Investigative Unit (SIU) that helps to spot the characteristics of fraudsters can save your organization a lot of money. There are some common traits of insurance fraudsters to be on the lookout for. We’ve put together the top 5 strategies that fraudsters use in insurance fraud:
Did you know that insurance companies have, in good faith, a fiduciary duty to report fraud to the state if they suspect fraud is being or has been committed? FL Statutes Ch 626, Sec 989(6) says:
“…any insurer, agent, or other person licensed under the code, or an employee thereof, having knowledge or who believes that a fraudulent insurance act or practice…is being or has been committed shall send to the Division of Insurance Fraud a report or information pertinent to such knowledge or belief…”
There are two basic ways to report this type of fraud: as “Information Only” or as “Fraud”. The evidence collected determines the most appropriate way to file the claim.
It’s that time again! Summer is ending and back-to-school days are fast approaching. Tax-free weekends/days, back-to-school clothes shopping, school supply roundup, and school open houses/orientations, are going on throughout the country. These events bring the chances of claimant activity out in public.
Social media is quickly becoming a highly valuable tool for a wide range of investigations. As new social media sites keep coming on the scene, there will continue to be a vast amount of information available across the country. From law enforcement to employers, investigations are becoming more streamlined and efficient.
The following is part of our ongoing Case Closed series, where we highlight specific cases that we investigated and saw through to the conviction and sentencing process. Our goal is to see cases closed and fraud put an end to, which is why we see these cases all the way to the end.
When natural disasters happen, having all the variables in place to ensure a smooth claims process is key. There are many times when, due to the severity of the disaster, claims adjusters become overloaded and fraud runs rampant. Here are just a few examples:
Recently, more companies are seeing the true value of using a Special Investigative Unit (SIU) and are recognizing the many different benefits that they provide. In fraud claim handling, they are now essential, both from a cost savings and educational…
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.