“Slip-And-Fall” Lawyer Commits Suicide in the Midst of Massive Fraud Investigation

Andrew_gaberPennsylvania lawyer Andrew H. Gaber, 52, has committed suicide shortly before he was due to be tried in an insurance fraud case that now involves dozens of alleged runners and false “slip-and-fall” claimants. Gaber reportedly shot himself on April 15th.

The grand jury investigation revealed what prosecutors alleged was an elaborate system of runners and false claimants who were coached on how to make false claims against 21 insurance companies. One of the more notable allegations was that Gaber had a photo in his office with a ruler measuring the preferred height of a pavement defect as a location to fake a fall. Clearly that was the spin from the prosecutors but the grand jury found evidence of a virtual slip-and-fall factory operation where accidents would be staged and “victims” shepherded to hospitals to create the record for claims. Witnesses have stated that Gaber wanted people to avoid areas with camera coverage and preferred claims against the city.

Some 46 codefendants have been arrested. Runners reportedly would receive $100-$500 case and would sometimes double as witnesses. Some 15 have already pleaded guilty — making Gaber’s defense rather challenging.

Many of Gaber’s clients were reportedly drug abusers and homeless. They are now facing jail time due to these cases.

Source: Philly

27 thoughts on ““Slip-And-Fall” Lawyer Commits Suicide in the Midst of Massive Fraud Investigation”

  1. Gents, You do indeed have recourse against an insurance company, prove bad faith and you can win treble damages!

    1. That could be Nick, but I think it depends on the state. Arizona tends to be pro-business.

  2. Insurance fraud is a crime, no doubt. But the true criminals are the insurance companies that are never prosecuted for the illegality of their actions toward their insurers and stockholders. There is an insurance fraud hotline for acts against insurance company but mine for those against policy holders by insurance companies. Nice to wear the white hat wgphike blatantly cheating others,

    1. Michael – have to agree with you. When the insurance company defrauds you, nothing happens. You defraud them, you go to jail.

  3. The 2nd episode is consistent w/ first. Billy Bob is a great character. There was a real nice piece in the Daily Beast yesterday about the female cop. She was a nobody and beat out some big hitters for the role. As the producer said, “She is Molly.”

  4. Odenkirk is playing a good character in the new show, Fargo. And, the prequel Better Call Saul will be out in the Fall.

    1. Only watched the 1st episode of Fargo and liked it. Waiting for Better Call Saul, should be great.

  5. This is the first ‘Honorable’ thing he’s done in quite a while….

  6. Mr Keebler

    Many cottage industries!
    ===========
    Long live cottages as long as we have elites.

    And industries of repute.

    No drug dealing.

    Each cottage grows its own and builds its own.

    By definition by “cot.”

    It means the king is no longer … the people are king.

    All for all.

  7. Paul Schulte

    Was this guy looking at a consecutive sentence perhaps? He would have been better off dealing drugs.
    ============
    Especially if he was a pharma to legit to quit dealing legal drugs.

  8. Darren, In essence this guy got the death sentence. Scams like this are not as bad as the organized interstate highway scams where people desperate work in teams. One or two vehicles box in a semi of a major corporation[lots of coverage, the 3rd vehicle just locks up their brakes in from of the semi and gets rear ended. That vehicle has @ least 4 occupants. So, there are REAL injuries and sometimes death. The driver of the renegade vehicle says they were cut off and the blocking vehicle corroborate the plaintiffs. There are attorneys, docs, and rehab people all in these scams. California is where it’s biggest, but insurance companies have the scam red flags now. But, I doubt the scammers have quit.

  9. Darren, In essence this guy got the death sentence. Scams like this are not as bad as the organized interstate highway scams where people desperate work in teams. One or two vehicles box in a semi of a major corporation[lots of coverage, the 3rd vehicle just locks up their brakes in from of the semi and gets rear ended. That vehicle has @ least 4 occupants. So, there are REAL injuries and sometimes death. The driver of the renegade vehicle says they were cut off and the blocking vehicle corroborate the plaintiffs. There are attorneys, docs, and rehab people all in these scams. California is where it’s biggest, but insurance companies have the scam red flags now.

    1. Was this guy looking at a consecutive sentence perhaps? He would have been better off dealing drugs.

  10. In my view this guy is a step more lowly than someone who commits a run-of-the-mill insurance fraud. He took advantage of these homeless and addicted individuals who probably would have been more easily enticed, as they likely are more despirate than others. Not that those where not culpable of the crimes because of their involvement, but to me they should receive a bit less of a sentance and Andrew shold have received much more.

  11. I’m shocked!! I know of a criminal attorney who trained his clients to make fraudulent claims to help pay for their criminal legal fees. Every time I got a case where a plaintiff was represented by his former criminal attorney I always wondered. Anyone who doesn’t see that fraud is RAMPANT in this country, I have THOUSANDS of videotape for you to watch. I’ll provide popcorn and Milk Duds.

  12. Many of Gaber’s clients were reportedly drug abusers and homeless.” – JT

    Let’s hope they were legal drugs.

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