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Health fraud cases up 85 percent

Federal prosecutions of health care fraud have skyrocketed and are set to rise 85 percent in 2011 over last year because of the Obama administration’s stepped up emphasis on enforcement, USA TODAY reported Tuesday.

In the first eight months of this year, 903 people were busted for health care fraud, according to statistics from the non-partisan Syracuse University research organization Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. That compares with 731 people who were nabbed in all of 2010.

RAC estimates that if the activity for this year remains at the same pace, the total number of prosecutions will hit 1,355 this fiscal year — up 85 percent over last year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by lordsinsurancelog

August 30, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Posted in Insurance News

Useful link : Fix it Club

Want a dependable website to find almost any information about home repair?

Join the fix it club!

Armed with a plethora of fix-it-guides – becoming your own handyman(or handywoman) is one click away.

Written by lordsinsurancelog

August 30, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Posted in Misc

Are you covered? Answers to your Irene questions

Just because you’re no where near the hurricane disaster area doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about flood insurance.

Standing knee-deep in your wet basement is no time to find out that you’re not insured for floods, but homeowners up and down the East Coast are experiencing that double trouble right now.

The short, unhappy answer to most of their questions is “no, you’re probably not covered for flood damage.” Homes located in flood plains probably do have federal flood insurance; it’s typically required by mortgage lenders. But the vast majority of other homes are covered by private homeowners policies that specifically exclude flood but cover wind, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

That’s a distinction likely to lead to legal battles in the months and years to come: If wind blows away your basement door and the water flows in, is that flood damage or wind damage?

Here’s a quick guide to what is and isn’t covered and how to proceed if Irene messed up your house, your car, your garage or your landscape.

Q. What about the water? Read the rest of this entry »

Written by lordsinsurancelog

August 29, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Posted in Insurance News

Useful website : 1 Dollar Scan

Want to get practically anything scanned for only $1? Do you have a giant huge textbook that you’re sick of lugging around class?

Invest in 1 Dollar Scan.

A new business in San Jose is getting a lot of buzz recently for providing a scanning service – perfect for any college student. If you’re in a class that requires a 1000+ page textbook, try to get class mates to pitch in for one book and send it to these guys. They’ll scan every single page and make a PDF version of it, which you could then distribute it to your classmates.

You’ll be able to find text easily and read it anywhere you go without having to worry about carrying that pesky heavy text-book.

The most important thing? It’s $1/100 pages. If it goes pass 600 pages, it’ll always be $6. Yes, a 1000 page book will be $6.

Turn around time is 2 weeks but it’s totally worth it. On top of textbooks, they’ll also scan business cards, documents, photos, and practically anything. Check their pricing page for more information.

Written by lordsinsurancelog

August 29, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Posted in Misc

Woman a no-show at sentencing hearing for life insurance fraud

Bridgette Buckner had terrible luck with marriage: Her FBI agent husband died in 2007 — and again in 2008.

The 50-year-old Bartlett woman twice claimed her husband had died as part of separate scams to illegally collect life insurance benefits from her Aurora employer, according to DuPage County authorities and corporate security investigators.

Buckner also killed off three fictitious children in other insurance schemes to collect cash, officials said this week.

The bogus insurance claims — supported by forged or fake death certificates — netted Buckner about $70,000, officials said.

But they also left her facing up to seven years in prison after she pleaded guilty earlier this year in DuPage County to insurance and wire fraud. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by lordsinsurancelog

August 26, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Posted in Insurance News

3 people arrested in arson, insurance fraud case

DAYTON — Investigators have made arrests in connection with a suspicious fire that occurred on Salem Avenue in July.

Erin Lyon, 28, and her boyfriend Keith Joyce, 33, were both arrested, pending arson and insurance fraud charges, on Wednesday. Lyon’s mother Elizabeth Schwartzenberger, 57, also was in custody and facing similar charges. All live at the Salem Avenue address, according to a Dayton police report.

Dayton arson investigators are scheduled to meet with Montgomery County Prosecutors today to discuss the charges, Dayton Fire Chief Herbert Redden said. The trio allegedly admitted to the allegations made against them.

The July 7 fire started at 1136 Salem Ave. shortly before 2:30 a.m. at the two-story brick home.

When firefighters arrived, the fire was well-involved, according to Dayton Fire Capt. Joseph Meyer. No injuries were reported. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by lordsinsurancelog

August 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Posted in Insurance News

Charging People’s Credit Card with your iPhone

Have an iPhone? Want to charge your client on the go? Perhaps your friend owes you money but forgot to bring cash?

Square up!

All you need to do is go to their website, sign up for the free Square gadget, download the app, wait a week for delivery, and bam – magic happens! You can bring your portable card swiper everywhere you go and never have to worry about only taking cash at conventions or booths. Highly secured and extremely user friendly that even your technology deprived grandfather can do it!

 

 

Written by lordsinsurancelog

August 24, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Posted in Misc