Christopher Purser: Indicted for Huge Fake-Insurance Scheme

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Insurance fraud for a tour boat that sank and killed 20
A Houston man is one of six people indicted for selling bogus insurance policies, including one to a tour boat that sunk and killed 20 people in a New York lake in 2005.

Christopher Purser, 49, was one of the people who sold an insurance policy to the operators of the Ethan Allen. After the boat, filled with elderly tourists, sunk, the operators found the policy they thought they had was bogus -- Purser's company didn't have the funds to cover such losses.

They were just one of many victims, prosecutors said today, which included "nursing homes, assisted living facilities, apartment complexes, condominium associations, bars [and] restaurants."

In the Ethan Allen case, there was a little bit of a twist.

"Purser backdated documents after the Ethan Allen accident to make it appear that Shoreline Cruises had not purchased coverage while the vessel was operating on Lake George when, in fact, Shoreline had purchased exactly that type insurance policy," prosecutors say.

Smooth.

The list of defendants, according to the U.S. Attorney's office:

Charged along with Purser are: Malchus Irvin Boncamper, 56, of Basseterre, Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, West Indies; Marc-Thibaud Duchesne, 49, a British citizen formerly residing in Houston; William Ballachey, 64, of Brossard, Canada; Edmund Hugh Benton, 52, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Robert Steve Mills, 55, formerly a resident of Dallas, Texas, and Ft. Myers, Fla. Mills was also charged with obstruction of justice for attempting to influence a person to testify falsely before a federal grand jury in Houston in 2009.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Duchesne, Ballachey or Benton is asked to call 281-721-7766.

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9 comments
Kalren
Kalren

If it involves Special Agent Sommercamp odds are the report will be full of lies and odds are he violated there civil rights. This agent is known for his false reports and will lie to make his cases seem true and correct.

CodyTech
CodyTech

This dirt bag also rented a house from me. Never paid. I'm glad he's in jail.

George14
George14

Yea! I have been watching for this, this is not his first scam, research the insurance journal. It has been a long time coming for him and Steve Mills. The tour boats owner's son killedhimself partly because of this scam. The department of insurance in Texas did nothing all this time even when given evidence. Hopefully it will be the Feds that come after this bunch. YEA! YEA!

Jbute47
Jbute47

What are the names of the fake insurance companies?

Ed Salazar
Ed Salazar

TDI took his license (which all they could do) and alerted the Feds back in 03.  They did nothing with all the evidence. 

George14
George14

Now, I see they were after another one of their old buddies, Matthew Schactner or Robert Brown. I hope they do not forget the attorney who also need deep John Hollis and his wife, Judith..

amazed
amazed

google the names john hollis, robert brown, tri-continental exchange ltd look for the fbi report by john sommercamp Sacramento Cal. , it may show some of the insurance pooled companies.

amazed
amazed

you are so right, John & Judy Are they in W Sac.or haVE THEY RUN LIKE BENTON, jEANNNE ROWZEE, eSQ DISBARRED FOR HELPING MONEY LAUNDER WORKED FOR BENTON & HOLLIS & BROWN/SCHACHTER, I LEARNED A FEW DAYS AGO, PUTTING THE PUZZEL TOGEATHER ? HOLLIS' lost in his scam via osmundsen, sam keyvan , Rusell Wilson in AAA cab AZ total awards were $20,000,000 in 2008 case still being faught by Hollis & now in BR said elardo esq only yesterday 2-28-11 HOLLIS FORGED MY SIGNATURE MULTIPLE TIMES AND SO MUCH MORE, tom barron esq TX knowingly paid via scammed monies. i just read this stuff today, notice hollis represented benton since 1996

amazed
amazed

insurnce journal search names gil morgan and tom Hurd for 2 linked names in this stuff

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