Louisiana State Police Make Several Arrests in Insurance Fraud Cases

Louisiana State Police Make Several Arrests in Insurance Fraud Cases

Published September 12, 2019

From the Louisiana State Police Headquarters – Troopers assigned to the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud / Auto Theft Unit brought two separate criminal cases to conclusion over the last week resulting in numerous arrests. The Insurance Fraud Unit is responsible for investigating referrals of suspected fraudulent insurance acts and promoting awareness of insurance fraud throughout the state.

Orleans Parish- On September 6, 2019, Troopers arrested 49-year-old Dana Monk of New Orleans on one count of Automobile Policy Insurance Fraud following an investigation into a fraudulent automobile insurance claim with Progressive Insurance Company. The investigation revealed Monk reported a claim with Progressive Insurance Company in reference to her vehicle sustaining damage while driving over debris in the roadway in Orleans Parish. At the conclusion of the investigation, several discrepancies were discovered involving Monk’s incident. Monk reported the claim several hours after reinstating her automotive insurance on her vehicle, claiming the damage occurred after she reinstated her policy. A repair order from Toyota of New Orleans revealed Monk damaged the vehicle several hours prior to reinstating her automotive insurance policy. On August 9, 2019, an Arrest Warrant was obtained for Monk from the 41st Judicial District Court in Orleans Parish for violation of LRS 22:1925 Automobile Policy Insurance Fraud. On September 6, 2019, Monk surrendered herself to State Police and was transported to the Orleans Parish Prison where she was booked on one count of Automobile Policy Insurance Fraud.

Iberville Parish- On September 11, 2019, Troopers arrested 39-year-old Whylithia Robinson and 43-year-old Richard Robinson, both of Plaquemine, following an investigation into the filing of fraudulent medical bills. Troopers’ investigation revealed that both Robinsons’ submitted false and forged injury claims with AFLAC Insurance Company alleging continued short-term disability. Richard Robinson also submitted a false injury claim alleging he sustained injuries in a crash he was involved in on September 13, 2017. Through investigative means, Troopers were able to confirm the crash report Richard Robinson submitted to AFLAC was fraudulent. Whylithia Robinson was booked into the Iberville Parish Prison for violating LRS 22:1924 Insurance Fraud (18 counts), LRS 14:72 Forgery (35 counts), and LRS 14:67 Theft (Felony).

LSP Investigators work closely with the LA Department of Insurance, local judicial offices, and the Louisiana Attorney General’s office in successfully bringing individuals involved in committing insurance fraud to justice. The Insurance Fraud Unit has field offices located throughout the state in which Troopers investigate various types of insurance fraud cases such as staged crashes, “jump-in” crashes, fraudulent injury claims, worker’s compensation fraud, forged medical records, and inflated property claims.

The public plays an integral role in identifying suspects accused of these crimes and is strongly urged to report criminal or suspicious activity. For more information and/or to contact the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud and Auto Theft Unit visit www.lsp.org/ifu.html.

The Louisiana State Police on-line reporting system is also available to the public through a convenient and secure reporting form that is submitted to the appropriate investigators. Citizens can access the form by visiting www.lsp.org and clicking the Suspicious Activity link.

Contact Information:
TPR Taylor J. Scrantz
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section
Office: (225) 754-8524