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Authorities cracking down on fraud

Two Pennsylvania men have been arrested and will face charges in two separate incidents. The arrests are part of a recent federal crime sweep in which 20 individuals have been taken into custody. As the statewide crackdown on insurance fraud continues, these two men will have the chance to defend themselves before a court of law.

The first man is accused of theft by deception and workers' compensation fraud. He was injured on the job while working for a restoration services company. While receiving workers' compensation checks, he is believed to have taken on additional work with another company that provides restoration services. In total, he is accused of fraudulently collecting just over $4,000 in benefits while he was employed elsewhere.

The second man is accused of insurance fraud related to a car fire. The man allegedly called his insurance provider to make changes to his auto insurance policy. Less than one hour later, he called back to report a vehicle fire. Authorities allege that the fire actually took place just before the change in coverage was requested.

While both of these cases, if proved to be based in fact, represent relatively minor instances of fraud, it is important to understand the ramifications that a conviction can have on an individual's criminal record. Federal fraud charges are no small matter, and should these men be convicted, they will have to disclose the matter on all future job applications and other professional endeavors. That could lead the Pennsylvania residents to lose a number of opportunities in the years ahead and is reason enough to focus on achieving the best possible resolution regarding the pending accusations.

Source: triblive.com, "2 from Western Pennsylvania charged with insurance fraud", June 29, 2015

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