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#982420 - Sat May 04 2013 05:59 PM Insurance scam back'fires'...
ozzz2002 Offline

Registered: Mon Dec 03 2001
Posts: 20395
Loc: Sydney
NSW Australia
Not sure how true this is, but it tickled my fancy. smile

This took place in Charlotte , North Carolina . A lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, then insured them against, of all things, fire.

Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars, the lawyer filed a claim against the insurance company. In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost 'in a series of small fires.' The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason, that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion.

The lawyer sued - and WON! (Stay with me.)

Delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer held a policy from the company, in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be unacceptable 'fire' and was obligated to pay the claim.

Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the cigars that perished in the 'fires.'


After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!! With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.

This true story won First Place in last year's Criminal Lawyers Award contest.


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#982468 - Sat May 04 2013 11:31 PM Re: Insurance scam back'fires'...
dg_dave Offline
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Registered: Sun Oct 05 2003
Posts: 24200
Loc: near Stafford, Virginia USA
With as sue-happy as this country is, I wouldn't be surprised if it isn't true!
The way to get things done is NOT to mind who gets the credit for doing them. --Benjamin Jowett
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. --Eleanor Roosevelt
The day we lose our will to fight is the day we lose our freedom.

#982499 - Sun May 05 2013 04:16 AM Re: Insurance scam back'fires'...
Santana2002 Offline
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Registered: Mon Apr 14 2003
Posts: 8848
Loc: France
Makes for a great story, true or not! grin
It's hard to be perfect when you're human

#982501 - Sun May 05 2013 04:47 AM Re: Insurance scam back'fires'...
playmate1111 Offline
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Registered: Fri Jan 15 2010
Posts: 160
Loc: South Africa
Gawd what next?
"Never look down on anyone, unless you are helping them up"


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