When Randy Ekmerck proposed to his girlfriend, the future she envisioned likely didn’t involve insurance fraud, followed by a lengthy separation. Ekmerck’s betrothed also may not have realized that the symbol of his fidelity—an engagement ring—would eventually be used as an instrument for deceit.

But that’s exactly what happened when the Pembroke, N.H. man told his insurance company the sparkler had been lost, filed a claim, and then traded the diamond ring in question for quick cash.


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