Houston businessman convicted of Lake Livingston insurance fraud program | USAO-EDTX
BEAUMONT, Texas – A Houston businessman has been sentenced to jail for federal charges in the Eastern District of Texas, Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei announced today.
Robert Lance Kuperman, 74, pleaded guilty on March 22, 2021 to transporting interstate money by fraud and was sentenced today to 24 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield. Kuperman was also ordered to pay more than $ 1.8 million in restitution.
“Fraud not only victimizes insurance companies, but costs Americans billions of dollars each year in increased premiums,” Acting US Attorney Nicholas Ganjei said. “I thank our federal, state and local partners – law enforcement and law enforcement – for the excellent work they have done on this matter.”
According to information presented to the court, Kuperman purchased a house on Lake Livingston in Polk County in 2013. In July 2015, he filed an insurance claim related to water damage to the house caused by a heater. -defective water. As part of the claim, Kuperman submitted fraudulent documents in support of his claim for out-of-pocket costs associated with what he represented was his replacement of personal property destroyed by the water leak.
Based on Kuperman’s fraudulent claims, American Strategic Insurance Company issued a series of checks payable to Kuperman for a total amount of $ 412,836.12. As part of the sentence, Kuperman was ordered to reimburse not only the $ 412,836.12 to American Strategic Insurance Company, but an additional restitution of $ 1,445,000.00 to RSUI Indemnity Group for conduct deemed relevant to the offense, for a total of $ 1,857,836.24 in restitution and an additional fine. of $ 80,000.
This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office. The case was continued by Special Assistant US Attorney Tommy L. Coleman and Assistant US Attorney Donald S. Carter.