2012's Insurance Fraud Hall of Shame

The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud released its annual no-class list of failed fraudsters. This year's notable foes includes arsonists, nose doctors and worse.

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Dead-cat con

Yevgeny Samsonov, of Tacoma, Wash., told an insurer that his treasured cat Tom had died in a car crash. He wanted $20,000—but Tom didn’t exist. Samsonov had downloaded photos of two different white cats from the Internet, lied that both photos were Tom and somehow figured the insurer wouldn’t catch on.



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