Arson insurance provides people with coverage for all sorts of damages that can be caused by a fire. If your possessions, property, vehicles, or home, is destroyed in a fire – you can get compensation to replace it, or repair it. There are many reasons why fires can happen, and anyone who owns property can request compensation in order to help repair the damages they’ve suffered. If someone starts a fire willfully, in order to defraud insurance carriers – that is something which is called arson – and is often prosecuted .
Raiser & Kenniff, PC, has experience dealing with arson cases and can advise you on how to best defend yourself, if accused. Incidentally starting a fire, and then claiming it was an accident in order to profit off it is illegal, and can result in state and federal criminal charges. If you make false claims about what possessions perished as a result of the fire, this is also illegal. If the insurance company can prove you lied, they can deny your claim, or even file a lawsuit in order to recover any money they paid you. If they press charges, you could end up in jail.
Arson insurance fraud is when you set fire intentionally, or hire someone else to do it, with the intention of damaging and destroying insured property. The idea is to get the insurance company to give you a payout for financial losses incurred as a result of the fire. Our arson insurance fraud defense lawyers have experience handling insurance cases involving vehicles, houses, property damages, and even items within the house which perished. One of the things you have to be aware of, when dealing with these cases is that it’s difficult for the prosecution to prove it’s case. They have to prove you purposefully set the fire, and made misleading statements to the insurance carrier. If the fire happened in accident, then its hard for them to prove fraud. If, however, you set something flammable next to a stove, and then lit the stove in order to start the fire – then you’d be guilty of arson insurance fraud.
Penalties for insurance fraud can be severe. You may end up in court, in addition to facing charges of arson. You could face charges of insurance fraud too. There are many degrees of arson charges, ranging from 1 to 5. That applies to both insurance fraud and arson. Fifth degree is the least severe degree of charges. First degree charges are considered felony crimes, and can result in substantial prison sentences.
If you participated in an arson insurance fraud scam, you may end up getting charged with many different criminal statutes. It’s best you reach out to Raiser & Kenniff, PC’s team of NYC arson insurance fraud lawyers for a risk free consultation.
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