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Don’t Stimulate Fraud

Economic stimulus payments arriving now from the federal government are an enticing target for scammers. They have many too-good-to-be-true methods for taking your money:

  • Stimulus payment scams — Fake phone calls and phishing schemes try to get your stimulus cash. The IRS won’t phone, text, or email you about your payment and won’t require a fee to get it.
  • Contractor scams — Con artists may try to persuade you to sign over your stimulus payment or charge your insurance for poor home improvement work or damage repair.
  • Fake insurance protections — Scammers are offering low-priced “corona insurance” to cover COVID-19 treatment. Just hang up.
  • Trip cancellation insurance — Standard travel insurance may not cover pandemics. Be wary of offers that cover COVID-19 related trip cancellations.

If you have suspect an insurance scheme, report it safely, easily, and anonymously at https://insurance.utah.gov/consumer/fraud/report-fraud.

Don’t Stimulate Fraud

COVID-19 and Workers Comp Fraud

As employers and employees are getting used to new work arrangements, it’s important to consider how they relate to workers compensation insurance.

  1. Remote: Work from home orders are redefining what a work injury may mean.
  2. Quarantine Injury Claims: When workers work from home, what counts as a workplace?
  3. Telemedicine: Telemedicine visits are convenient but may not cover all workplace injury needs.
  4. Be Honest: Employers and insurers need to share information with employees on what is covered and how to report a claim.
  5. Stop the Fraud: Committing fraud ruins careers and lives. Report all suspected insurance fraud to the Fraud Division at https://insurance.utah.gov/consumer/fraud/report-fraud.

COVID-19 and Workers Comp Fraud

Beware of COVID-19 Car Insurance Scams

The Utah Insurance Department’s Fraud Division is cautioning Utah drivers about potential car insurance fraud that may take place during the current health crisis.

Staged Accidents: Scammers set you up for an accident to make an insurance claim. Fewer drivers mean fewer witnesses.

Auto Repair Fraud: Scammers charge excessive fees for disinfecting & cleaning vehicles due to COVID-19. Be suspicious of high fees for cleaning and storage.

Phantom Victims: People not in the car during the accident attempt to file injury claims, hoping for a quick settlement with no investigation. Make sure to exchange ALL relevant information after an accident.

Be vigilant, and contact the Fraud Division if you believe you may have been a victim of insurance fraud.

By phone: (801) 468-0233 or (844) 373-0233
By email: Armand Glick, aglick@utah.gov
Online: https://insurance.utah.gov/consumer/fraud/report-fraud

COVID-19 Car Insurance Scams

Defendant: Ibrahima Sariba Bangoura

a.k.a. Sariba Bangoura

A warrant of arrest was issued on October 7, 2018.

INSURANCE FRAUD, SECOND DEGREE FELONY

FORGERY, 5 COUNTS, THIRD DEGREE FELONY

THIRD DISTRICT COURT, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

Bail: $5,000

Defendant: Jorge L. Pitta

Jorge L Pitta

A warrant of arrest was issued on May 15, 2012 for:

FRAUDLENT INSURANCE ACT, ONE COUNT, THIRD DEGREE FELONY

IDENTITY FRAUD, THREE COUNTS, THIRD DEGREE FELONIES

FORGERY, FIVE COUNTS, THIRD DEGREE FELONIES

THEFT, ONE COUNT, CLASS B MISDEMEANOR

THIRD DISTRICT COURT, SLC, UTAH

Bail: $10,000

Defendant: Juan Carlos Sueldo

Juan Carlos Sueldo

A warrant of arrest was issued on February 25, 2014 for:

FRAUDULENT INSURANCE ACT, SEVENTEEN (17) COUNTS, TWELVE (12) FIRST DEGREE FELONIES AND SIX (6) SECOND DEGREE FELONIES

FORGERY, EIGHT (8) COUNTS, SECOND DEGREE FELONIES

MONEY LAUNDERING, FOUR COUNTS (4), FIRST DEGREE FELONIES

PATTERN OF UNLAWFUL ACTIVITY, ONE COUNT (1), SECOND DEGREE FELONY

IDENTITY FRAUD, FIFTEEN (15) COUNTS, SIX (6) FIRST DEGREE FELONIES AND NINE (9) SECOND DEGREE FELONIES

FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, PROVO, UTAH

Warrant # 985335689

Bail: $500,000 Cash Only

Defendant: Primitivo Herrera

A warrant of arrest was issued for:

FRAUDULENT INSURANCE ACT, ONE (1) COUNT, THIRD DEGREE FELONY

THEFT OF SERVICES, ONE (1) COUNT THIRD DEGREE FELONY

THIRD DISTRICT COURT, WEST JORDAN, UTAH

Warrant # 985340036

Bail: $25,000