Sunday, 24 May 2015

Insurance fraud: how three doctors placed the bodies of dead cancer patients in staged traffic accidents to swindle $225,000

by Michael Woodhead
In a sophisticated and ghoulish scam, three doctors at an Anhui hospital used the bodies of recently deceased cancer patients in staged traffic accident in order to claim thousands of dollars in insurance payouts.
The doctors who worked in the intensive care unit of Lingbi Hospital were part of a gang of seven, including former insurance company employees, who used the bodies of cancer patients to swindle insurance companies out of 1.4 million yuan ($225,000) in payments for 42 fraudulent claims.
The doctors used their contacts to identify terminally ill cancer patients, who they would then arrange to have insurance policies for accidental death taken out. After they died, the doctors did not carry out the usual death certificates, but instead shipped the bodies to locations where they set up traffic accidents, often involving motorbikes or scooters. When police and emergency services arrived on the scene they would declare the victim dead due to a traffic accident, and the insurance companies would pay out on their policies.
However, authorities became suspicious when a large number of traffic accident claims were made in a short period. When they set up an investigation, they found the same three doctors - and their relatives - were involved in all the claims.
The doctors have now been arrested for insurance fraud and suspended from their positions at the Anhui Lingbi hospital.

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