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State Police arrest seven for fraud

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 2:13pm

BATON ROUGE, La (LSP) -- Troopers working in the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud Unit in Baton Rouge brought five criminal cases to conclusion this week resulting in seven arrests.

Troopers arrested Amanda Hutchinson (W/F age 33) of Denham Springs on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, following an investigation into a complaint made by the AFLAC Insurance Company. Hutchinson worked at a medical clinic in Denham Springs processing invoices used for billing of medical services. Troopers’ investigation revealed that Hutchinson used her position to send AFLAC fraudulent billing invoices to support over thirty claims she filed on behalf of her son, her husband, and herself over a six-month period. She would fill out the invoices and forge the signature of one of the medical providers who worked at the clinic. From July through December of 2008, she defrauded AFLAC of over $7,500.00. Troopers booked her into the Livingston Parish Jail on charges of insurance fraud and forgery on December 1, 2010.

On December 2, 2010, Insurance Fraud Detectives arrested Vincent Catanzaro (W/M age 35) of Covington on charges of Worker’s Compensation Fraud stemming from a complaint made by the J. Everett Eaves Insurance Agency. As part of his contractual agreement to perform work on commercial properties, Catanzaro presented a certificate of insurance from J. Everett Eaves Insurance Agency as proof of his worker’s compensation coverage. Troopers’ investigation determined that the insurance policy was never issued by the insurance agency and that Catanzaro knowingly presented the fraudulent certificate. Catanzaro turned himself into investigators and was booked accordingly at the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

Following an investigation into a complaint made by State Farm Insurance Company, troopers arrested Trina Watson (B/F age 38) of Covington on charges of Insurance Fraud and Felony Theft. Upon being involved as a passenger in a vehicular crash, Watson filed a bodily injury claim with State Farm submitting three medical invoices from St. Tammany Parish Hospital. Based on the invoices, Watson was paid $4,076.25 by State Farm to cover the medical expenses and settle her injury claim. Further investigation revealed that the medical invoices submitted to State Farm were in fact altered documents from medical services received by Watson prior to the crash. With the help of the Covington Police Department, insurance fraud detectives located Watson on December 2, 2010 and booked her into the St. Tammany Parish Jail without incident.

On December 1 and December 2, 2010, investigators arrested three Hammond women after they conspired together to commit insurance fraud. The investigation began based on a complaint made by the State Farm Insurance Company over several suspicious bodily injury claims made by the women. In September of 2009, a vehicle insured by State Farm was involved in a minor crash in Ponchatoula. Immediately following the crash, State Farm’s insured driver reported that a woman, later identified as Ramona Dangerfield (B/F age 34), arrived at the crash scene claiming to be in the other vehicle with her minor daughter at the time of the crash. The driver of the vehicle, Carol Johnson (B/F age 53) and passenger Letoria Bailey (B/F age 34) both supported Dangerfield’s claim. All three females filed bodily injury claims with State Farm with Dangerfield filing an additional claim for her daughter. Through investigative measures, including witness statements, troopers concluded that Dangerfield committed insurance fraud by acting as a “jump-in” to the crash in order to collect an injury settlement. Johnson and Bailey became accessories to the fraud through supporting Dangerfield’s fraudulent claim. Insurance fraud detectives, with the assistance of the Hammond Police Department, located and arrested Johnson and Bailey on December 1, 2010 and Dangerfield on December 2, 2010. All three women were booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on charges of Insurance Fraud and Filing False Public Documents.

On December 2, 2010, investigators arrested Beronie L. Tregle (W/M, 55 of Thibodaux, LA) for Insurance Fraud, Felony Theft, and Possession of Stolen Property. On April 25, 2007, Tregle contacted Progressive Insurance and reported his 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle had been stolen in Pointe Coupee Parish. Ultimately, Progressive Insurance paid the lien holder $19, 182.52 for the remaining balance of the loan. On June 8, 2008, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office recovered the stolen motorcycle which displayed a switched plate and was in the possession of Tregle. Progressive Insurance had sold the motorcycle to salvage for $9,500.00. Tregle was booked at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center and a bond was set at $5,000.00.

If you suspect someone has committed insurance fraud, contact State Police investigators with the Insurance Fraud Unit at 225-925-3701.


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