- The dumbest insurance fraud cases of all time
- March 19, 2014
#3: Massachusetts-based Ronald and Mary Evano had a strange tradition before going to restaurants, bars and grocers: glass-eating.
For eight years, the duo filed more than $200,000 in fraudulent claims using fake ID and Social Security cards. Oftentimes, the insurers and businesses paid out to avoid a lawsuit.
But this was not without a physical price. The Evanos braved medical danger to pull of this scam, which included glass in their intestines and colon, vomiting blood and having to pass glass fragments.
When the couple’s scheme was discovered, the Evanos begged for mercy, stating that they are members of the gypsy community and needed money for dowries and marriage expenses for their sons. Ronald was arrested and charged in 2006, and Mary, who spent years on the run pretending to be a psychic, was finally captured in early 2010.
#2: Michael Paul Schook was a Suffield, Conn.-based ex-con with a lot of debt and a big mouth. Not only was his house in foreclosure, but his car was repossessed and he owed thousands on credit cards.
Desperate for money, Schook decided to set his house on fire to get $250,000… by leaving a fat-filled pan on the stove as he left the house with his family. The house indeed burned down, but it was no surprise to anyone: turns out Schook had told everyone who would listen about his future plans to burn his own house down. His children even told classmates, who reported it to school officials and notified police.
Schook received seven years in prison for his grease fire debacle.
#1: Clayton Daniels was in a heap of trouble: After sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl and deferring his 10-year sentence, he never reported to his probation officer. Daniels would be heading back to jail if he and his wife Molly did not do something drastic.
Clayton and Molly dug up the grave of Charlotte Davis, an elderly woman who had been dead for almost a year, dressed her entirely in Clayton’s clothes, put her body in a car and pushed it off a cliff. They hoped the life insurance company would believe the burned body was Clayton, and pay $110,000 in benefits.
But the insurer would not pay out until a DNA test confirmed the body was indeed Clayton. And just weeks after the accident, Clayton came back with dyed hair and a moustache and was introduced as Molly’s new boyfriend, Jake Gregg.
But some things did not add up in the investigation: Molly was “eerily calm” in post-crash interviews; there were no signs of an accident at the crash location; investigators discovered the fire started in the driver’s seat of the car and not the fuel tank; and DNA did not match up.
The complex plan was also discovered in great detail on her computer, including Internet history of how to burn a human body beyond recognition and how to create a fake identity.
The scheme landed Molly with 20 years for insurance fraud, and 10 years for hindering Clayton’s arrest. Clayton is awaiting trail on arson charges. Clayton will serve no less than 10 years for desecration of a cemetery and 15 years for arson.Pages: 1 2 3 4 5
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