Cranston man faces insurance fraud charges

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island State Police say they’ve arrested a man for filing a fraudulent $1 million insurance claim.

Authorities were first alerted to the case in October 2014 by Mutual of Omaha. Richard Dorval, 45. of Cranston submitted an accidental death insurance claim. He was the sole beneficiary of the million dollar policy.

Darvol allegedly falsified documents to the insurance company, claiming his uncle had been killed in a bus crash in Haiti. An investigation by the insurer and State Police revealed there were no serious injuries during the alleged bus crash, and there was no evidence Dorval’s uncle was on the bus as the time of the accident.

Dorval eventually withdrew his claim on the policy after being questioned by the insurance company.

He was arraigned in Kent County District, and released on $10,000 surety bail, and is due back in court later this month. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, and/or a $1,000 fine.

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