fraud investigations

  • Permalink Gallery

    Intuition Speaks Loud and Clear When You Need an Investigator

Intuition Speaks Loud and Clear When You Need an Investigator

The staff at International Investigators would like to remind you of a couple of old sayings. Both are about intuition.

One of the sayings goes something like, “If you wonder if you can trust a person, you already know you can't” and the other is, “If it feels wrong, it usually is.”

There are countless ways these sayings can apply to your career.

If you are an insurance provider and your client tells you that his house just suddenly burned to the ground, you might get the feeling that your client is being dishonest and you have uncovered a case of insurance fraud. There may be red flags that pop up as you discuss the incident like the house being empty while they were away for a [...]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Insurance Fraud Covers More Than a Falsified Slip and Fall Claim

Insurance Fraud Covers More Than a Falsified Slip and Fall Claim

We have all heard the horror stories about employees who scam the system and cost their employer lots of money by filing false claims and committing workers compensation fraud. But another very real issue involves dishonest business owners who scam coverage providers. And so, when insurance companies contact International Investigators about insurance fraud, we move swiftly to resolve the problems. Because, for every day that a dishonest business owner gets away with this crime, everyone else is at risk, whether we're talking about financial loss for the insurance carrier or benefit loss for innocent employees.

Crooked business owners illegally reduce the owed amounts of workman's compensation premiums by hiding behind fake companies. This practice can be difficult to discover since the business may even provide [...]

What is Insurance Fraud?

What do you think of when you hear the words, insurance fraud? At International Investigators, we don’t have one description in particular because not only is every case we work on different, but insurance fraud encompasses many different situations. I thought we might take this opportunity to share some of them with you.

Workers compensation fraud (WC) – This is over and above a claim for medical expenses. Claimants file claims alleging a disability that prevents them from working as they did previously. It can be a short-term or long-term claim, or even off and on. Workers compensation fraud investigations saves consumers millions of dollars every year.

Long term disability fraud (LTD) – This has to do with an insurance policy. Someone buys a policy and [...]

Insurance Fraud Investigators Supply Evidence for Trials

Sometimes when International Investigators, Inc. is conducting an investigation on the subject in a potentially fraudulent insurance claim, the result of the evidence can be more than a simple claim denial. Sometimes there is the potential for criminal charges. This is true in many insurance fraud investigations including:

Workers compensation fraud investigations
Long term disability fraud investigations
Auto bodily injury fraud investigations
Personal injury fraud investigations or slip and fall fraud investigations
Product liability fraud investigations

Our investigators know that every case has to be handled as if the data we collect would be used in a court of law. That includes not only videotaped data, computer or cell phone data extracted during a forensics analysis but any other type of information or evidence collected as well.

Therefore, when we are [...]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Investigator’s Collection of Data Leads to Confession of Insurance Fraud

Investigator’s Collection of Data Leads to Confession of Insurance Fraud

When the economy takes a dive or unemployment is high, the incidence of insurance fraud tends to increase as well. It’s not just greed that compels policy holders to commit insurance fraud, it is also desperation.  And that is not limited to disability insurance fraud or slip and fall accidents.

For example, International Investigators, Inc. insurance fraud investigators had a case where a car had caught fire and burned. It was a total loss. Because of a recent change to the policy coverage, a red flag went up to the adjuster and that’s why our investigator was called in.

After investigating the claimant, it was uncovered that he had recently lost his job and had taken a lower-paying position with another company. Not too long after [...]

Insurance Fraud Stacks Deception on Top of Desperation

There are so many different aspects to insurance fraud. Besides fraudulent claims and falsely-acquired settlements, money may be a motivator for other types of insurance fraud.

Take, for example the case of a man who lost his job. He had a wife and three children and suddenly found it impossible to find employment. He was desperate so he faked a slip and fall accident at the local mall. He claimed his slip and fall injuries were significant enough to prevent him from working and because it is difficult to prove or disprove soft tissue injuries, the insurance company was reluctant to settle quickly. His situation grew direr because now he was unable to even look for a job because it would show he was faking [...]

Slips and Fall Accidents, Fraud and Videotape

Everyone has heard of these cases, we have seen lots of them here at International Investigators: the ones where a person (the claimant) has slipped or fallen and claims to have injured themselves in a restaurant or store. What you might not know is that there is a huge contingent of repeat claimants.

One of the first things an insurance company does when it receives a claim is to run the claimant through an industry database of all insurance claims filed. Only people in the insurance industry have access to that database and when a person comes up as a repeat or a serial claimant that throws up a huge red flag. Many insurance companies and companies who are self-insured have special investigative units (SIUs), [...]

Medical Provider Fraud Surprises Innocent Patients

You might be surprised to learn that not all insurance fraud is uncovered because of a personal injury investigation, workers compensation fraud investigation, product liability investigation or a long term disability insurance fraud investigation. No, it’s not always the “patient” who is being investigated. Sometimes it is the medical care provider!

Not every doctor, physical therapist or chiropractor is committing medical insurance fraud, but some are. Investigators were called in regarding insurance claims coming in from a specific chiropractor. The insurance company noticed that the number of claims had significantly increased from this particular service provider and the services were long-term and fairly extensive. It was the change in the claim history and types of claims that triggered one of those “red flags” for adjusters.

Insurance [...]