ZIFL -- 09-01-2011
- Catastrophes, Fraud, and Avoiding Liability
Continuing with the seventeenth issue of the 15th Year of publication of Zalma’s Insurance Fraud Letter (ZIFL) Barry Zalma reports that he has posted an article he wrote for his blog “Zalma on Insurance” http://zalma.com/blog called “Claims in a Catastrophe;” that explains how to deal with claims in a catastrophe and avoid the invariable fraudulent claims that arise from catastrophes.
ZIFL also reports on how an insurer avoided liability for the fraud of an agent and proved the agent was not authorized to defraud insureds; discusses “Man Bites Dog” stories of suits by insurers against fraud perpetrators; passes on the report of an unreliable Gibraltar based insurer; explains why a Boston firefighter who claimed disability benefits due to a back injury while competing as bodybuilder was found not guilty of fraud by a federal jury; a report on how few convicted fraud perpetrators actually go to jail; and Chapter 26 of the serialized novel, “Arson for Profit.”
The issue closes, as always, with reports on convictions for insurance fraud across the country making clear the disparity of sentences imposed on those caught defrauding insurers and the public with sentences from probation to many years in jail.
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://zalma.com/phplist/. The Adobe and text version is available FREE on line at http://www.zalma.com/ZIFL-CURRENT.htm.
Mr. Zalma publishes books on insurance topics and insurance law at http://www.zalma.com/zalmabooks.htm where you can purchase e-books written and published by Mr. Zalma and ClaimSchool, Inc. Mr. Zalma also blogs “Zalma on Insurance” at http://zalma.com/blog.
Mr. Zalma is an internationally recognized insurance coverage and insurance claims handling expert witness or consultant. He is available to provide advice, counsel, consultation and expert testimony concerning insurance fraud, first and third party insurance coverage issues, insurance claims handling and bad faith. Zalma Insurance Consultants will also serve insurers by auditing the files of their MGA’s, TPA’s and any entity having a binding authority issued by the insurer.
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