Man fakes lost limb to scam insurance company - CBS46 News

Man fakes lost limb to scam insurance company

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ATLANTA (CONSUMER ALERT) -

It's a crime that costs all of us: Fraudulent insurance claims.

Michael Le Duc submitted $900,000 in claims for disability benefits.

"He made claims with three large insurance companies that he had an accident where he lost his left arm in a wood chipper," said US Postal Inspector Derik Thieme.

But as it turned out, Le Duc still had both of his arms.

The insurance companies were suspicious of his claims and asked postal inspectors to look into the case.

"What we found was that he had been to the hospital and had actually been seen by the doctor for another matter," Le Duc said.

Le Duc did not lose an arm, but he altered hospital forms and mailed them to the insurance company to support his claim. Then he received $12,000 from those fraudulent submissions.

The insurance companies aren't the only ones losing money. All consumers pay the price.

"The insurance companies need to recoup any losses they may have or expenses and that's only going to be passed along to consumers so it really affects the general public," Thieme said.

Le Duc pleaded guilty and was sentenced to more than four years in prison. He was also ordered to pay more than $70,000 in restitution.

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