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Zalma’s Insurance Fraud Letter – May 15, 2024

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Zalma’s Insurance Fraud Letter (ZIFL) continues its 28th year of publication dedicated to those involved in reducing the effect of insurance fraud. ZIFL is published 24 times a year by ClaimSchool and is written by Barry Zalma. It is provided FREE to anyone who visits the site at This issue contains the following articles:

Incompetent Insurance Fraud Claim Results in Conviction

Fraudster Pawns Jewelry & Then Claims it Stolen

The defendant, Vincent Chaney, appealed two orders from Superior Court denying his motions to suppress and for a new trial. In State of New Hampshire v. Vincent Chaney, No. 2022-0718, Supreme Court of New Hampshire (May 3, 2024) resolved the dispute over Chaney’s conviction.

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More McClenny Moseley & Associates Issues

This is ZIFL’s twentyeigth installment of the saga of McClenny, Moseley & Associates and its problems with the federal courts in the State of Louisiana and what appears to be an effort to profit from what some Magistrate and District judges indicate may be criminal conduct to profit from insurance claims relating to hurricane damage to the public.

On April 23, 2023, MMA filed its Statement of Financial Affairs. MMA Reported Gross Income as follows: 2024 – $803,956.63, 2023 – $12,247,362.23, 2022 – $22,596,895.00.

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Now Available New Book

The Compact Book of Adjusting Property Claims – Fourth Edition

On January 2, 2024, in Kindle, paperback and hardback formats, The Compact Book of Adjusting Property Claims, Fourth Edition is now available for purchase here and here. The Fourth Edition contains updates and clarifications from the first three editions plus additional material for the working adjuster and the insurance coverage lawyer.

Help, My House Is Falling Into The Sea

Normally Honest People Will Try Insurance Fraud

“I present blogs and videos so you can learn how insurance fraud is perpetrated and what is necessary to deter or defeat insurance fraud. This Video Blog of True Crime Stories of Insurance Fraud, with the names and places changed to protect the guilty, are all based upon investigations conducted by me and fictionalized to create a learning environment for claims personnel, SIU investigators, insurers, police, and lawyers to better understand insurance fraud and weapons that can be used to deter or defeat a fraudulent insurance claim.”

The Honest Real Estate Lawyer Tempted to Commit Fraud

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Lies on Insurance Application Expensive

False Statement on Application Requires Rescission

Kimberli Orr obtained no-fault automobile insurance from defendant USA Underwriters and was involved in an automobile collision. Defendant denied plaintiff’s claim for benefits because it discovered that plaintiff made material misrepresentations on her application for insurance. Defendant argued that it was entitled to rescind and void plaintiff’s insurance policy, and the trial court granted defendant summary disposition.

In Kimberli Orr v. USA Underwriters, No. 363452, Court of Appeals of Michigan (April 25, 2024) the Court of Appeals resolved the dispute.

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Health Insurance Fraud Convictions


Ex-Boston Celtics player Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for defrauding the NBA healthcare plan. Davis, alongside several others, participated in a scheme that involved submitting false or inflated claims for medical and dental services that were never provided. Davis personally submitted $132,000 in fraudulent claims, which were uncovered through geolocation data and travel records. Overall, the group defrauded the plan of over $5 million. Davis will also be on supervised release for 3 years and must pay $80,000 in restitution. Nevada Attorney

General Ford Announces Conviction Of Health Care Company And Its Owner

Ashley Bunton-Dodson, 36, of Las Vegas, and Remedy Wellness and Resource Center, LLC (“Remedy Wellness”), were sentenced May 7, 2024 in a Medicaid fraud case involving billing for services that were not provided to Medicaid recipients.

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How to Avoid Insurance Fraud from the Louisiana Department of Insurance

LDI and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office to Help Consumers Avoid Storm-Related Insurance Fraud

I usually write everything in ZIFL, but this notice is useful wherever you work or live and as you read just change “Louisiana” to your state’s name.

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New Book Now Available from Barry Zalma

Property Investigation Checklists: Uncovering Insurance Fraud, 14th Edition

Property Investigation Checklists: Uncovering Insurance Fraud, 14th Edition provides detailed guidance and practical information on the four primary areas of any investigation of suspicious claims. The book also examines recent developments in areas such as arson investigation procedures, bad faith, extracontractual damages, The fake burglary, and Lawyers Deceiving Insurers, Courts & Their Clients During, Catastrophes—A New Type Of Fraud and the appendices includes the NAIC Insurance Information and Privacy Protection Model Act and usable forms for everyone involved in claims and will provide necessary information to the claims adjuster, SIU fraud investigator, claims manager, or coverage lawyer so he or she can be capable of excellence.

The newest book joins other insurance, insurance claims, insurance fraud, and insurance law books by Barry Zalma all available at the Insurance Claims Library –

Other Insurance Fraud Convictions

Former Desert Sun VP Sentenced For Ordering His Son To Shoot Him In Legs To Delay Prison

Shannon Egeland’s insurance scheme and concocted shooting, which led to the amputation of his left leg, “an unthinkable kind of situation,” and tacked on three years and 10 months to his 10-year sentence for mortgage fraud. He was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Portland.

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The Tort of Bad Faith

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What Every Insurance Professional, Every Insurance Coverage Lawyer, Every
Plaintiffs Bad Faith Lawyer, and Every Insurance Claims Person Must know About the Tort of Bad Faith

A Book Needed by Every Insurance Claims Professional

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Barry Zalma

Barry Zalma, Esq., CFE, now limits his practice to service as an insurance consultant specializing in insurance coverage, insurance claims handling, insurance bad faith and insurance fraud almost equally for insurers and policyholders. He also serves as an arbitrator or mediator for insurance related disputes. He practiced law in for more than 44 years as an insurance coverage and claims handling lawyer and more than 54 years in the insurance business. He is available at and

Over the last 55 years Barry Zalma has dedicated his life to insurance, insurance claims and the need to defeat insurance fraud. He has created the following library of books and other materials to make it possible for insurers and their claims staff to become insurance claims professionals.

Barry Zalma, Inc., 4441 Sepulveda Boulevard, CULVER CITY CA 90230-4847, 310-390-4455

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