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New Port Richey residents, Mount Dora man, accused of defrauding Zurich Insurance Group

Five people were arrested Sunday on charges they filed false claims and defrauded Zurich Insurance Group out of more than $240,000.

According to the Florida Department of Financial Services, former Zurich claims adjuster Donald Alfred Toohey III, 30, of Mount Dora created the fictitious claims on behalf of "clients" who did not have a real policy with the company.

Brian Frederick Kneifer and Anthony Michael Kneifer are 26-year-old twins. Scott Addison Kincaid, 43, and Tricia Ann Allen, 27, are cousins.

All four of them live in New Port Richey.

Authorities say Toohey fabricated 26 fraudulent claims between August 2004 and June 2009 totaling $242,657.

Detectives said Toohey would create a fraudulent file and claim on each of the participants, who would then receive checks from $8,800 to more than $67,000.

A portion would be paid to Toohey.

"He may have received 50 percent on some, he may have received 40 percent on others. It varied," said Jennifer Hirst, communications coordinator for the Department of Financial Services.

Department detectives began the investigation in September after receiving an anonymous tip that Toohey might have been involved in fraudulent activity.

All five were arrested on charges of grand theft and conspiracy to commit grand theft. They were booked at the Land O'Lakes jail.

Toohey was released late Sunday on $55,000 bail. Kincaid and Allen were released Monday on $15,000 bail.

The Kneifer brothers remained at the jail Monday night in lieu of $5,001 bail.

New Port Richey residents, Mount Dora man, accused of defrauding Zurich Insurance Group 03/01/10 [Last modified: Monday, March 1, 2010 8:32pm]
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