Insurance Fraud – it’s not what you think

by keith on 08/07/11 at 3:59 pm

It’s a story that sounds like a movie script.  In 2006, a huge hailstorm damaged hundreds of homes in Indiana.  State Farm, not surprisingly, denied many of the claims.  After complaints to the Indiana Department of Insurance led it to begin an investigation, State Farm accused a roofing contractor of intentionally damaging roofs in order to collect insurance.

What does State Farm do? Accuse a local contractor of fraud.  After all, it has to protect it’s clients from fraudulent claims, right.  State Farm sent information to the Indianapolis Police Department which led to felony charges being filed against Joseph Radcliff and CPM Construction.  Those charges were quickly dropped, but the damage to Mr. Radcliff’s business had been done.

Thanks to the work of Will Riley and other attorneys at both Price, Waicukauski & Riley, LLC and Riley, Bennett and Egloff, Mr. Radcliff was vindicated when a jury awarded him $14.5 million for defamation.  That’s right, the claim that Mr. Radcliff had committed fraud were FALSE.  Apparently, he had never committed fraud at all but was simply a hard-working contractor swept up in State Farm’s campaign to increase it’s profit margins and create another “example” of how “fraudulent” claims are destroying businesses.

So next time you hear an insurance company talking about how it works hard to avoid “frivalous claims” and “fights fraud.”  Think of Joe Radcliff.

h/t to Ron Miller.

46 Responses to “Insurance Fraud – it’s not what you think”

  1. Joseph radcliff

    Jul 9th, 2011

    It does sound like a movie script, but it is what i have been going through for over the past 4 years. This is something you would read in a Grisham book.

    Only in the USA can a small business owner stand up to the largest insurance company in America and have a level playing field. I want to thank the people who stood beside me and supported my family and myself through all of this so far.

    We have the best constitution in the world and our legal system speaks the truth. Thank you to the jury who listened to the facts and believed in me.

    I fought for people when no one else would. When their insurance company wrongfully denied over 40,000 claims in the Indianapolis area I stood up and said NO MORE..

    To all of those out their don’t always believe the first of what you read but find out the truth and untangle all the lies and conspiracy and what out for big business. Like a good neighbor it goes all the way to the top on this one and I will continue to expose the truth about what happened to me to try and stop if from happening again to another innocent person just for a company to protect its branding

  2. keith

    Jul 12th, 2011

    Joseph,
    I was really glad to hear about your verdict. Even though it won’t restore your reputation, maybe it will make State Farm think twice before using it’s smear tactics again. Thanks for putting in the good fight and taking up the banner to fight for justice against a huge opponent. I’m proud of what you’ve done and you have my utmost respect!

    Keith

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  7. joseph radcliff

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    Thank you for all the support that I have received. Through it all I had to leave the insurance restoration world and start a new carrier path. State farm still succeeded in “taking me out” as they put it.

    I have been working on putting my notes together to tell my story and let the world know the true injustice that happened with this case.

    What I have found is that what happened you can’t make up. People wouldn’t believe this could happen but I am living proof that big business can do what ever they want with little to no action taken against them.

    I am looking for help to inform the world of their wrong doings

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