Surprise! 'Soft' Insurance Fraud Is Punishable By Prison

Law360, New York (March 16, 2016, 11:52 PM EDT) -- Christian A. Cavallo

Silje Roalsvik Most people are surprised to learn that acts of soft insurance fraud, also known as "fraud of opportunity," are punishable by prison sentences. A recent New Jersey high court decision, State of New Jersey v. Robert Goodwin, has received attention for the seemingly harsh penalties imposed on a convicted perpetrator of soft insurance fraud — even where the insurance carrier did not sustain any financial loss as a result of the fraud. The Goodwin case illustrates how seriously the New Jersey Supreme Court treats the prosecution of insurance fraud in the Garden State. However, as severe...

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