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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Coalition Against Insurance Fraud Adds 8 to the Hall of Shame

HallofshameBusiness Insurance, the creator of the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, recently inducted eight new members into "The Hall of Shame." According to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, '"The Hall of Shame annually dishonors the year's most brazen, vicious or plain klutzy convicted insurance criminals."' 

One chilling incident involved a man named Michael Weaver, a severely mentally handicapped individual. David Player and Gerald Hardin, his caregivers, convinced him to cut off his hands for insurance money. Using a trimmer with a chainsaw blade Player and Hardin cut off Mr. Weaver's hands. Mr. Player, who had Mr. Weaver's power of attorney, told the insurance company it was an accident. The insurance paid out $671,000, and most of the money went to Mr. Player. Player received a 14-year sentence in federal penitentiary, and Hardin was sentenced to three years and five months. Another bizarre incident involved an women luring her ex-husband to her home to indulge in his favorite dessert that she had poisoned with morphine and muscle relaxants in quantities of over 80 times the normal dose. She was trying to collect on a $100,000 life insurance policy. Convicted of murder, insurance fraud, and other crimes she received over 60 years in prison.

See Gallery: 2012 Insurance Fraud Hall of Shame Inductees, Business Insurance, Feb. 5, 2013.


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