Outrageous Insurance Claims
Not having the proper insurance coverage when accidents happen is no laughing matter. At the same time, we thought it would be nice to take a break from the standard business fare by sharing with you some outrageous and unusual insurance claims. So, take a break from your busy day, pour a glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy!
The Slippery Slope to Jail
A 72-year-old New Jersey woman was dubbed the queen of the slip-and-fall scam, as she prostrated herself on the floors of department stores, supermarkets and liquor stores 49 times – claiming to have fallen due to the store’s negligence. Prosecutors said that she treated scamming like her job, filing multiple bogus personal-injury claims in Philadelphia, Delaware County, and New Jersey, collecting over $500,000. She then pleaded guilty to 29 counts of insurance fraud and theft in New Jersey alone and blamed her gambling addiction for her actions. Result: Four-year sentence under house arrest
There’s a Mouse in My Soup – Call CSI!
A Virginia woman tried to tap a large national chain restaurant for a $500,000 insurance settlement after “discovering” a mouse in her vegetable soup on Mother’s Day. But the national chain investigated further, and found that the mouse had no soup in its lungs – and therefore had not been cooked. The jury believed that the only way the mouse could have appeared in the soup is if she’d put it there. Result: One-year prison sentence for conspiracy to commit extortion.