208, 2021

Zurich Insurance Switzerland: A killer unmasked by the victim’s insurance

A man in his mid-fifties was facing the Zurich judiciary for the murder of his wife. However, the case was initially dropped because the authorities assumed it was an accident. The trial which began this spring in Meilen (ZH) almost never took place. The 50-year-old defendant is accused of having killed his wife in April 2014. At first, he had managed to make investigators believe that his wife had died accidentally, reports the “Tages-Anzeiger”. According to the indictment, it all [...]

806, 2021

Slovenia – Woman who sawed off her hand for $1M found guilty of fraud

Would you give up your hand for $1 million? A Slovenian woman and her boyfriend have been sentenced to prison for attempted insurance fraud, after she deliberately cut off her hand in hopes of claiming more than 1 million euros ($1.56 million) in insurance payouts last year. Julija Adlesic, 22, appeared in a Ljubljana courtroom to hear the verdict on Friday. She kept her reattached hand under a blanket throughout the sentencing hearing, which attracted widespread attention in Slovenia. The [...]

704, 2021

SPAIN – Police Rumble “Crash for Chash” Insurance Scam in Spain’s Malaga

Police have made 17 arrests in total in a gang dedicated to faking car accidents to claim compensation from unsuspecting insurance companies. The intricate scheme involved many facets that ranged from fake ‘damage inspectors’ to fabricated medical certificates. Police were alerted to the gang when an unnamed insurance company enlisted the help of an accident investigator to look into a potentially fraudulent case. During the investigations a video emerged that broke open the case of a gang of expert fraudsters and [...]

103, 2021

Germany – Insurance Fraud: One Hand for Millions

In order to claim a sum insured in the millions, a man had his hand deliberately cut off by a train. How could the court not believe the claimant’s version of the accident? A 45-year-old man was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for fraud in the Dortmund / Germany district court. The judges considered it as proven that the defendant was trying to collect millions by committing insurance fraud. Crocodile and nail boards As the WDR [...]

402, 2021

Switzerland – Number of suspected Covid bail-out fraud cases explodes

Remarkable article by about the abuse of Covid-19 bailout loans for companies. Switzerland is investigating more than 4,500 cases of suspected abuse by companies claiming emergency bailout loans during the coronavirus pandemic. The number of suspect claims has increased five-fold since late summer and now covers CHF1.2 billion ($1.3 billion).

1901, 2021


Interesting publication about internet crime published on the EUROPOL Webpage. The IOCTA is Europol’s flagship strategic product highlighting the dynamic and evolving threats from cybercrime. It provides a unique law enforcement focused assessment of emerging challenges and key developments in the area of cybercrime. We are grateful for the many contributions from our colleagues within European law enforcement community and to our partners in the private industry for their input to the report. Combining law enforcement and private sector insights [...]

1308, 2019

Giant fraud scam in Italy

Giant fraud scam in Italy A massive police operation called "Tantalo bis" was started in 2018 after Palermo's District Attorneys office input to stop a very dangerous criminal organization  perpetrating insurance fraud by limb amputation of compliant victims. The Trapani and Palermo (Southern Italy) investigation police offices has brought to light a large number of crimes targeting insurance companies. Hundreds of people weere arrested or are under investigation including a lawyer who was in charge of  of those false accidents [...]

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