Money scheme: Russian mafia conducts tutorials on how to commit car insurance fraud in U.S.May 6, 2013
“People would be very shocked to know who is involved,” with the growing number of fraudulent claims, says an insurance industry expert. Indeed. From WCCO, the CBS affiliate in Minneapolis, earlier this year:
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Mark Kulda of the Insurance Federation of Minnesota says anyone involved in even a slight car accident could be at risk for insurance fraud.
“You might be driving down the street and maybe have a very minor accident and that could trigger a case where there could be insurance fraud,” Kulda said. “People would be very shocked to know who is involved.”
Organized crime involved in insurance fraud has gone up from 16 claims five years ago to 53 in 2011.
“There’s evidence that the Russian mafia is here in south Minneapolis setting up fake clinics, staging fake accidents, overbilling, billing for accidents that never happened,” he said.
The criminals cash in by making out on staged collisions and fake personal injury claims – getting as much as $40,000 per person.
“There’s direct evidence to show that those fraudsters are coming here to Minn. and setting up shop,” he said…