Report: Insurance fraud complaints in SC rising

(AP) -- Attorney General Alan Wilson says that insurance fraud complaints in South Carolina have reached an historic high with more than 1,200 received last year.

Wilson on Friday released the annual report from his office's Insurance Fraud Division.

Attorneys in his office last year prosecuted cases that resulted in 37 convictions and resulted in more than $700,000 being returned to the victims of insurance fraud.

The report notes that in one Darlington County case, three defendants sought payment from a health insurance company claiming they each had all four limbs amputated. None of the defendants had lost their limbs and one was convicted and sent to prison for 18 months.

The report notes that, since 1995, almost 14,000 insurance fraud complaints have been received by the state Attorney General's office.