6 Worst Attempts At Insurance Fraud

We all understand that in today’s economy, times are a little tough. Many of us struggle, business is down, and sometimes it’s very tempting to just take an easy way out.

But we don’t. Because it’s almost always a bad idea.

Unfortunately, though, there are people out there who attempt it. And while some get away with it, most end up with a whole lot of problems—more than they had before, in fact.

Here’s a list of some of the worst insurance fraud cases.

Horse Murder

From about the 70’s to the 90’s, there was a very intricate plot in the equestrian world involving very expensive horses. The horses were usually show jumpers and had insurance on them for an accident or for death.

So owners had the bright idea to kill the horses in order to claim the insurance money. It’s been estimated that anywhere between 50 and 100 horses were killed in this scheme, making it the biggest scandal in the equestrian sport to this day.

John Mango

This Toronto guy hired a person to set fire to his business so that he could claim the insurance money on it. Only problem was that the fire ended up killing a person and causing a whole lot of families to evacuate the area while the fire raged.

Mango didn’t get his money. Instead, he got a second degree murder charge and fraud charges.

Cooperman Art

Trying to steal your own stuff is not only technically impossible, but it’s pretty dumb, too. LA ophthalmologist Steven Cooperman did just that when he arranged for two very expensive paintings to be stolen from his home—one a Picasso and the other a Monet.

He would have collected $17.5 million…if he hadn’t been caught.

Not Very Coordinated

Isabel Parker is a woman who apparently just can’t use her legs very well. She has been part of 49 cases in which she has done the good old “slip-and-fall-onto-the-floor” act and received a grand total of $500,000 from them.

New Car

What do you do when you’re sick of your car? Most people would sell it. But not chemistry teacher Tramesha Lashon Fox.

In order to end payments on her car, she got two of her failing students to set it on fire so that she could collect the insurance money. In return, she would give them passing grades.

Instead, she got 90 days in jail and lost her job. Good plan

Mouse Problem

Lastly, let’s take a look at Carla Patterson. While eating at a Cracker Barrel in Virginia, she tried to accuse the restaurant of leaving a mouse in her soup. Well, there was a mouse in her soup, but the restaurant didn’t put it there.

After doing some tests, the restaurant found that there was no soup in the mouse’s lungs and it hadn’t been cooked. Yup, she pulled the old “stick something disgusting in my food” trick. Well, that trick got her a year in prison.

So, if you’ve ever considered insurance fraud, take it from these people—it’s never a good idea. So save yourself some jail time and embarrassment.

Just don’t do it.

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Brianna Martin is a freelance writer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania who has been published across the web. The topics she has covered span from technological advancements to industrial operations and solutions to business practices and more, providing information and insight into a variety of industries.  Inspro Technologies has one of the most reputable policy administation systems that protects businesses from falsified insurance claims.