Life insurance companies in Illinois owe $7.5 billion to unknowing beneficiaries

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Many insurers are keeping the money owed to beneficiaries who have no idea they’re entitled to a payout. Life insurance companies across the country are struggling with the issue of tracking down beneficiaries owed death benefits. While some states have very strict and specific laws about insurer practices in these situations, others make it possible for insurers to admittedly keep the owed money. In Illinois, this problem has risen to several billions of dollars owed to beneficiaries but kept by insurers. The practice has meant that life insurance companies aren’t…

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Terrorist’s life insurance policy can be seized by US government

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A federal judge has ruled that the payments on the policy of the San Bernardino killer can be taken by the government. A federal judge ruling says the U.S. government can seize the life insurance policy of Syed Rizwan Farook. Farook was one of the extremist terrorists involved in the murders in San Bernardino last year. The murderer purchased life insurance coverage near the time he was planning the terrorist attacks. He and a friend, Enrique Marquez – an extremist Muslim convert – planned terrorist attacks together. He started with…

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Life insurance policies carried by San Bernardino shooter may be seized by US

Syed Rizwan Farook life insurance policies

This week, federal prosecutors filed a suit to be able to take control of Syed Rizwan Farook’s payouts. The life insurance policies taken out by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters from the attacks in December 2015, may soon be seized by the U.S. government if federal prosecutors are successful in winning the lawsuit they have now filed. This would allow the government to seize the payouts from the two insurance policies carried by the shooter. The U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles made the filing for…

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Millions of dollars in life insurance benefits owed to unknowing Californians

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There are thousands of people living in the state who are owed large amounts of unclaimed money. Officials in California have now said that thousands of people across the state are owed millions of dollars in life insurance benefits – sometimes in amounts that are greater than $100,000 – and that many of these individuals have no idea that this money is owed to them. The California Controller’s Office said that some insurance companies haven’t made any effort to find beneficiaries. According to the Controller’s Office, in many cases, there…

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Life insurance requirements are greatly underestimated by consumers

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According to recent research, the average policyholder should have $46,000 more coverage than they have. The majority of people who should be covered by a life insurance policy don’t even have one, but among those who do, the results of a recent study have suggested that they have typically underestimated the amount that they actually need. This means that if the worst should actually occur, the insurance payout may not be enough to cover beneficiary needs. SunLife recently conducted a study that has shown that the average payout from a…

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Life insurance claim behind a murder in New York

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A man in the state has admitted to killing his son in order to collect on the $700,000 policy. A man in upstate New York has now admitted that he deliberately killed his son in a scheme to be able to allow him to collect on a life insurance policy that would pay him $700,000. The man quite suddenly admitted that he crushed his son under a truck in order to receive the payout. The guilty plea came from Karl Karlsen in a second degree murder case. It was put…

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Life insurance fraud culprits caught faking death

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A family has been accused of making false claims on a number of policies totaling over $1 million. A former resident of Toronto, Canada, was discovered living in California after having made claims on several life insurance policies in his name half a decade ago, allowing his family to collect. This fraud against the insurers racked up payouts of over $1 million for the individual’s family. The fraudsters took out a number of life insurance policies on the man and then faked his death so that they would be able…

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Life insurance policy beneficiaries can help to ensure they receive their due

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There are ways for people to find a deceased person’s coverage even when no record was left. Beneficiaries of life insurance policies have struggled with the ability to collect the payout from the coverage when their deceased loved one has failed to leave any record of the insurer or any other identifying information. Though recent crackdowns have encouraged insurers to make a larger effort, beneficiaries can do their part. There is no central database that a beneficiary can call in order to find out what life insurance company sold the…

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New York Attorney General institutes and inquiry into the operations of nine of the state’s life insurance companies

Nine life insurance companies in New York have come under regulatory scrutiny and will be subject to inquiry regarding the identification of deceased customers and their beneficiaries. The state Attorney General has issued subpoenas to the companies to determine whether they have issued appropriate payouts on the policies of clients that have passed away. Few companies have confirmed the reception of the subpoenas but the Attorney General claims that the recipients are among the leaders in the life insurance market. The inquiry is a result of a growing number of…

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