Glass-Eating Fraud Scheme Shattered

BY JOSEPH T. WELLS

THE WORLD’S DUMBEST FRAUDSTERS
 
Ronald Evano may not have liked the taste, but his and his wife Mary's glass-eating insurance fraud scheme netted them over $200,000.
 
Evano pleaded guilty in federal court to 20 counts of conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, identity theft, making false statements and Social Security fraud for intentionally eating glass in restaurants, hotels and grocery stores, then filing false insurance claims that said he had found the glass in food he had been served. He was later sentenced to 63 months in prison.
 
Prosecutors said the twosome was treated for glass ingestion at least a dozen times in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland and Washington, D.C., incurring more than $100,000 in medical bills, which were unpaid.
 
The couple used fake names, Social Security cards and identification to pull off their con. An arrest warrant was issued for Mary Evano, who is a fugitive.

-Joseph T. Wells, CPA, CFE

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