NU Online News Service, Oct. 21, 3:49 p.m. EDT

Farmers Insurance has filed a lawsuit against a three-time felon who passed himself off as an insurance adjuster, and two attorneys, alleging the trio operated an insurance scam to file inflated or fake insurance claims from California wildfires as far back as 2003.

In all, Farmers said it received 270 false claims totaling about $7 million from wildfires in 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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