In our last blog, we discussed some wacky cases of insurance fraud, which included faked deaths, con artists and a teacher who grew tired of her car payments. We’ve discovered some equally wild tales about some of the dumbest cases of insurance fraud ever. Today, we have a couple of stories that will peak your interest and cause you to scratch your head in disbelief simultaneously.
The Pro Wrestler Claiming Disability
When Michael Taris spotted a puddle of coffee in a Pennsylvania 7-Eleven, dollar signs flashed in his eyes. Pretending to slip on the puddle, Taris faked serious injuries in his back, legs and neck. He claimed that he couldn’t work, stand for long periods of time or play with his son.
However, he was a professional wrestler at the time and continued to work for the National Wrestling Superstars as “Mr. Motion.” In order to earn extra cash, he also worked as a male escort and massage therapist, as well. Since all of these jobs are, ahem, physically demanding, Taris was found guilty of insurance fraud and received three years of probation and a fine. Do you think he’s wrestling now?
The Greedy Reverend
In tax forms, Reverend Roland Gray of Harvey, Illinois claimed his income was only $20 a week in order to collect welfare checks and food stamps. However, he owned several homes in addition to a fleet of luxury cars.
Apparently, Gray convinced his parishioners to file almost 200 separate false insurance claims. The claims included everything from slip and fall accidents in retail stores and hotels to fake car accidents. Gray even enlisted a chiropractor to prepare fake injury reports, and Gray made almost $500,000 off his bogus claims. Even after he was caught, Gray never owned up to his actions, insisting that he was following God’s path.
Iron Mike Malloy: The Man Who Wouldn’t Die
In the 1920s, Mike Malloy was an alcoholic homeless Irish immigrant who began frequenting a local tavern that was hard up for business. At this watering hole, he befriended a shady group of men the media would later refer to as “The Murder Trust.” This group included the bar’s owner, Anthony Marino, bartender, Joe Murphy, Frank Pasqua and Dan Kriesberg.
This group of men got Malloy good and drunk and convinced him to sign three different life insurance policies they took out on him. They figured that the homeless man was such a drunk that he wouldn’t live too long, but he proved them wrong.
In hopes of speeding up his impending death, they offered Malloy an open bar tab, thinking he would drink himself to death. Despite all the drinks, Malloy’s health showed no signs of slowing down, so the men decided to add antifreeze to his drinks. When that didn’t work, they started adding turpentine to his drinks instead. They even resorted to slipping rat poison in his drinks, but nothing seemed to kill him.
One snowy winter night, the gang dragged Malloy out into the snow, stripped him naked, poured a bucket water on him, and left him to die. However, the following night, Malloy stumbled back into the bar like always. At this point, they hired a cab driver to run him over, and they scoured the obituaries for news of his death.
Just five days later, Malloy showed up to the tavern again, complaining that he really needed a drink. Seven months later, Malloy finally passed away for good in a run-down tenement. He was discovered with a rubber tube in his mouth that was connected to a gas light fixture and his head was wrapped in a towel. Pasquale’s friend Dr. Frank Manzella declared pneumonia as the cause of Malloy’s death.
However, one of the insurance companies ran an investigation into Malloy’s death, and they learned about all of the crazy attempts to take his life. The Murder Trust died in the electric chair at Sing Sing.
If you think the insurance world is boring, these true stories prove you wrong. If you’re an honest person looking for personal insurance in Stittsville, we would love to help you. Our insurance brokers at Bradley’s insurance have provided personal insurance and commercial insurance policies in Ottawa since the 1950s Contact our insurance company today to get started.