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Posted on: November 23, 2013
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A prosecutor in the office of Ohio's Attorney General was honored in St. Louis, MO for excellent work in pursuing insurance fraud cases during the last four years.  Assistant AG Melissa A. Schiffel was cited for eagerly accepting fraud cases and for success in prosecuting fraud suspects.  She earned the annual "Public Service Award" from the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII) during the group's annual advanced insurance seminar.

Westfield Insurance SIU Manager Bruce Schuck received NSPII's "Investigator of the Year Award" for his work on suspect fires at a local pub and eatery in Canton, Ohio.  "Mr. Schuck's diligence saved Westfield potentially 2 million dollars, but more importantly, two individuals were put in jail that put firefighting personnel in harm's way for attempting to fraudulently collect money for personal gain," according to the awards presentation.

"Special Recognition Award" was given posthumously to Attorney M. Andrew Sway of Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl Co., L.P.A. who died after a fall from a roof he was inspecting in Ohio.  Mr. Sway was working on an insurance fraud case involving a roofer suspected of contractor fraud.

"Outstanding Service Award" was given to Jeffrey W. Ferrand with Leeuw Oberlies & Campbell for spearheading a successful seminar "From Fire Scene to Courtroom" for the NSPII-Indiana Chapter.

"President's Award" went to Michael E. Jacobs with McGowan & Jacobs in Hamilton, Ohio, who was cited for leading NSPII's efforts to create a new web site with on-line learning features.

For a complete copy of the article in the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud's "Insurance Fraud News," please click here.