Insurance Companies Are Paying Cops To Investigate Their Own Customers–Buzzfeed

The Marshall Project:

State Farm isn’t such a good neighbor after all, it seems. In an investigation by Buzzfeed News, Kendall Taggart found that the company, along with a handful of other insurance groups, helps pay salaries of police and private investigators, many of whom used poor evidence to help prosecutors charge innocent policyholders for fraud. Insurance companies pass off evidence to police and county district attorneys when they suspect fraud, but the evidence is flimsy at best, and many of the charges are dropped or the plaintiffs are found not guilty. But Buzzfeed News found multiple cases where an insurance company’s bad science led to guilty convictions that were later overturned. —Joseph Darius Jaafari

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