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Five sentenced for insurance fraud in Baton Rouge

Last Wednesday, Five residents of Livingston Parish were sentenced to probation in federal court in Baton Rouge after admitting to involvement in insurance fraud. According to the criminal allegations, the five had conspired to commit mail fraud and defrauded two insurance companies of $79,644.

Two additional defendants are scheduled for sentencing at the end of the month, one being a former insurance agent accused of causing New York Life and Lincoln Financial combined losses exceeding "hundreds of thousands of dollars," according to court documents.

One of the defendants was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $30,821, $17,556 of which is to go back to New York Life, with the rest going to Lincoln Financial Group. The other parties received various punishments, along with restitutions amounts to be repaid.

Insurance fraud occurs when an individual knowingly lies in order to obtain a benefit or advantage they are not be entitled to from an insurance company. There are a variety of activities that fall within the umbrella of insurance fraud, and these touch on automobile collisions, automobile property, medical, life, workers' compensation, fire, property, healthcare and other types of insurance fraud.

When an individual is accused of insurance fraud, they are likely facing a case in which there is a certain amount of evidence against them. Knowing how to sort out the evidence and build a solid defense is critical. For this reason, those facing insurance fraud charges do well to get in contact with an experienced attorney.

Source: The Advocate, "Five of 7 sentenced in insurance scam," Bill Lodge, March 7, 2013

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