Insurance Fraud Quiz

What is Fraud?
According to Missouri Statute §375.991 RSMo., a person commits a "fraudulent insurance act" if he or she knowingly makes a statement or written document for a claim or insurance application which that person knows to contain material false information or conceals information concerning a material fact.
What is a policy dispute?
A policy dispute can be many things. You may have a policy dispute if it is questionable that you had coverage at the time of an accident. A policy dispute could be a disagreement about how an insurance company handles your claim (Mo. Reg. 20 CSR 100). Or, a policy dispute could be if your claim is denied because of a misrepresentation that is not material to the loss covered on the policy (§376.580 RSMo).
This quiz is developed for example purposes only. The questions and answers in this quiz are not to be construed as an opinion or position taken by the Missouri Department of Insurance. If you believe that you have a claim that should be paid, you may wish to ask the Consumer Affairs Section of the Missouri Department of Insurance for assistance by calling 1-800-726-7390 or check us out on line.

Question 1:

The insured, Alex, was three months late on his monthly car payment when his car was stolen. Alex told the lien holder, River Bend Savings & Loan that he was out of town when the theft occurred, but later he told the claim adjuster for the insurance company that he was working at his second job at that time. No broken glass was found at the insured's apartment where the vehicle was parked. Alex's car was recovered in a burnt condition. The door locks did not appear damaged, the radio was in the vehicle, the wheels and tires were still attached, and no other parts appeared to be missing.

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Question 2:

Kim filed a claim stating that she fell on her neighbor's back porch on January 12, 2003 due to snow and ice. She hurt her left shoulder. When the insurance company reviewed her medical records, they found a note stating that the original injury happened before Thanksgiving 2002, when she fell at a roller skating rink. The doctor for the insurance company confirmed what the note indicated.

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Question 3:

Cathy Southfield goes to Dr. Hendrickson for Chiropractic treatments every other week. PeopleSmart HMO conducted a standard review of Cathy's medical records after every third visit. Upon review, PeopleSmart HMO investigators found a note that Dr. Hendrickson wrote. The note is from Dr. Hendrickson and tells the nurse to change the description and diagnosis of Cathy's condition every 180 days so that she can keep getting treatment. Cathy's plan will only pay for 26 visits, per condition, each year.

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Question 4:

Todd applied for coverage on March 11th to Country Auto Insurance Company. The Country Auto Insurance Company agent forgot to ask about all the members of Todd's household. When Country Auto Insurance ran a standard application investigation, the company found that his stepdaughter lives part time in the house and she had a revoked status of her driver's license. The agent went back and advised Todd that he forgot to ask about other drivers in the house and he will need to exclude his stepdaughter from driving any of his cars since she has access to the vehicles part of the time.

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Question 5:

Mr. Harris purchases insurance coverage for his car at 10:00 A.M. on September 1 from KC Auto Insurance Company. He stated to his agent and on his application that there is no damage to the car and no prior accidents. Mr. Harris called the insurance company at 10:30 A.M. and said that he was in an accident at 10:15 A.M. while leaving the parking lot of the insurance agent. The check that Mr. Harris wrote for the insurance coverage unfortunately bounced and was sent back to the company as an 'insufficient funds' transaction.

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