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Insurance Fraud Cases

 

Celia Castillo
Date of Action: May 20, 2016
Location: Harris County
Action Taken: Sentenced to 20 years incarceration
Violation: Misapplication of Fiduciary Property, 1st Degree Felony

In Harris County, Celia Castillo pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony of misapplication of fiduciary property and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Between 1999 and 2013, Castillo, who was a licensed insurance agent, defrauded several elderly clients out of $3.2 million, by accepting money that was given to her as a fiduciary on behalf of FTS Life Gibraltar. Castillo deposited the money into her personal accounts.

Eddie Ette
Date of Action: May 30, 2016
Location: Tarrant County
Action Taken: Sentenced to 10 years probation, 320 hours community service, fined $10,000, and ordered to pay $350,000 in restitution.
Violation: Misapplication of Fiduciary Property, First Degree Felony

In Tarrant County, Eddie Ette was convicted by a jury of first-degree felony of misapplication of fiduciary property and was sentenced to 10 years of probation. Ette received a fine of $10,000 and was ordered to pay $350,000 in restitution. Ette was a licensed insurance agent and owner of an insurance agency in Arlington. He received $350,000 for payment on a performance bond required by a group of lenders for a construction project. The funds were never applied to the bond. Ette claimed the money was his fee to acquire the bond.

Katherine Andrews
Date of Action: Feb. 17, 2016
Location: Dallas
Action Taken: Sentenced to five years incarceration
Violation: Organized Criminal Activity, 1st degree felony

In Dallas County, Katherine Andrews pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony of engaging in organized criminal activity and was sentenced to five years in prison. From June 2011 to June 2013, Andrews and 29 others misappropriated $277,319 from Union Standard Insurance Group. Andrew’s scheme involved entering false claim information into the records of actual claims. Claim checks were then issued to Andrew’s family members and friends who cashed the checks and gave the money back to Andrews.

Joshua Ibodje
Date of Action: Oct. 28, 2016  
Location:   Harris County
Action Taken: Six years TDCJ 
Violation: Organized Criminal Activity, 3rd Degree Felony

Joshua Ibodje
Date of Action: Oct. 28, 2016  
Location:   Harris County
Action Taken: Sentenced to six years incarceration and ordered to pay $280,816 in restitution.
Violation: Organized Criminal Activity, 1st Degree Felony

Joshua Ibodje was sentenced to two, six year terms of incarceration after having plead guilty to two separate charges of organized criminal activity. He was also ordered to pay $280,816 in restitution. Ibodje was a participant in an organized criminal ring that was found to have been staging vehicle accidents and submitting fraudulent claims for reimbursement for damages.

Mark Cox
Date of Action: Dec. 8, 2016   
Location: Cooke County
Action Taken: Sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication, 200 hours community service, and ordered to pay $1.07 million in restitution.
Violation: Insurance Fraud, First Degree Felony

In Cooke County, Mark Cox pleaded guilty to a first degree felony, insurance fraud, and was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication, ordered to pay $1.07 million in restitution, and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service. From June 2010 through May 2015, Cox submitted fraudulent medical claims to Blue Cross Blue Shield totaling $3.9 million. Blue Cross Blue Shield had paid a total of $1.07 million that shouldn't have been paid.

Lambert Odeh
Date of Action: Feb. 5, 2016  
Location:  Houston
Action Taken: Sentenced to two years incarceration
Violation: Insurance Fraud - 2nd Degree Felony

Lambert Odeh pleaded guilty in Harris County, 263rd District Court, on February 5, 2016 for Insurance Fraud. From July to October 2003, Odeh and more than 20 co-conspirators submitted false medical claims for injuries they reported as a result of staged accidents. This case was investigated by the TDI Fraud Unit and submitted for prosecution. A grand jury indictment was returned in September 2008, at which time a warrant was issued for Odeh’s arrest. After his arrest and release on bond, Odeh absconded to Nigeria. An arrest warrant was again issued after he absconded. On April 14, 2015, Odeh was arrested in Germany and later extradited back to Harris County as a result of the active warrant issued in this case. He was sentenced to serve two years incarceration for insurance fraud.



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