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Insurance fraud has been an issue since the inception of insurance policies in the 18th century. It involves any act committed with the intent to obtain a fraudulent outcome from an insurance process.

Fraud can occur when a claimant tries to gain a benefit to which they are not entitled, or when an insurer knowingly denies a benefit that is due. Fraud by insurers and insureds is actionable in court. According to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, up to $96 billion is stolen each year through insurance fraud schemes, a number which could be much higher since no one knows how many fraud schemes are successfully executed without raising suspicion.

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