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Insurance Fraud Can Be Expensive to the Perpetrator

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  • Barry Zalma
    Barry Zalma 4441 Sepulveda Boulevard CULVER CITY CA 90230 310-390-4455 zalma@zalma.com www.zalma.com Insurance
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 28, 2010
    Barry Zalma

    4441 Sepulveda Boulevard

    CULVER CITY CA 90230


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    <http://www.zalma.com/> www.zalma.com

    Insurance Fraud Can Be Expensive to the Perpetrator

    Culver City CA -March 1, 2010:

    Insurance Fraud and Insurance Claims Expert, Barry Zalma, explains why no
    insured should be allowed to profit from insurance fraud. When the fraud
    committed is so stupid that insurers and prosecutors cannot ignore it, the
    insured attempting insurance fraud should be punished both civilly and
    criminally. In the March 1, 2010 issue of Zalma's Insurance Fraud Letter,
    Mr. Zalma reports on a New Jersey decision where a legitimate windstorm loss
    was turned into a fraud when the persons insured added to their damages by
    beating on their building with broken pieces of a fallen tree and added to
    their crime by allowing their conduct to be videotaped. Their insurer,
    Liberty Mutual, found the tape and proved that their insured inflated the
    claim and recovered all of its investigative costs and attorneys fees. New
    Jersey law then caused the damages incurred by the insurer to be trebled.
    The insureds not only were not able to recover for the legitimate part of
    their claim nor the fraudulent part of their claim but were required to pay
    three times the expenses incurred by the insurer - over $150,000.

    The case proves that not only does crime not pay, if caught committing fraud
    in New Jersey, you will find that you must pay three times the damages your
    insurer incurred. After ten years of fighting the insurer - who had the
    courage of its conviction and a willingness to refuse to pay off an
    insurance fraud perpetrator - Liberty Mutual was honored with a judgment
    recovering all of its costs and a bonus. "What is difficult to understand,"
    Mr. Zalma said, "is why it took ten years for the courts to resolve the

    The March 1, 2010 issue also contains articles on fraud including issues
    relating to new methods to set a car on fire and how to detect them and
    reports of convictions across the country of insurance fraud.

    ZIFL is available free at <http://www.zalma.com/> http://www.zalma.com in
    text or pdf versions. Back issues of ZIFL are available for only $1.00 each
    at <http://www.zalma.com/ZIFL.HTM.> http://www.zalma.com/ZIFL.HTM. With
    this issue ZIFL continues its 14th year of publication dedicated to those
    involved in reducing the effect of insurance fraud.

    ZIFL is published 24 times a year by ClaimSchool. It is provided free to
    clients and friends of the Law Offices of Barry Zalma, Inc., clients of
    Zalma Insurance Consultants and anyone who subscribes at
    <http://www.zalma.com/> http://www.zalma.com The Adobe version
    <http://www.zalma.com/zifl-pdf.htm> http://www.zalma.com/zifl-pdf.htm and
    the text version is available at <http://www.zalma.com/zifl-now.htm.>
    http://www.zalma.com Mr. Zalma also writes at Zalma on Insurance where you
    can read multiple articles on insurance issues and the ZIFL archives at
    http://www.zalma.com/ZALMAONINSURANCE-INDEX.htm. His newest e-book,
    "Insurance Fraud" is available at
    <http://www.zalma.com/InsuranceFraud.htm.> http://www.zalma.com/Insurance

    Mr. Zalma is an internationally recognized insurance coverage and insurance
    claims handling expert witness or consultant. Mr. Zalma's law practice is
    limited to the representation of insurers and those in the business of
    insurance. He is available to provide advice and counsel concerning
    insurance fraud, first and third party insurance coverage issues, and bad

    To be on the FREE mailing list as a subscriber to ZIFL please go to
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    If you need additional information contact Barry Zalma at 310-390-4455.



    Barry Zalma, Esq., CFE

    Law office

    Barry Zalma, Inc.

    Zalma Insurance Consultants

    4441 Sepulveda Boulevard

    CULVER CITY CA 90230-4847


    Fax: 310-391-5614



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