Saturday, September 02, 2006

Snitch of the Week: 8/20 - 8/26 (Insurance Snitches)

(Possible Snitch of the Year?)

Even with the Katrina anniversary, I guess I can't be too surprised that I didn't hear more about this, no one wants to give snitches the love they need for the truth they bring to light.

When Jeffrey Wigand snitched on Big Tobacco to super lawyer Richard Scruggs in the 90's it cost them billions and Wigand got an Al Pacino movie out of it.
They snitched to the same guy, so what will Cori and Kerry Rigsby get out of it?

They should at least get a TV movie, because the Rigsby's say they spent months collecting reams of internal State Farm reports, memos, e-mails and claims records before they gave them to Scruggs and state and federal authorities.

The sisters, who managed teams of State Farm adjusters, say the documents show that the insurer defrauded policyholders by manipulating engineers' reports so that claims could be denied.

Read the article here.

Anyone who has remotely followed Hurricane Katrina's aftermath or watched Spike Lee's Katrina Documentary knows that the insurance companies were jerking Negroes badly, even by the standards of corporate America.

One of the most poignant parts from Spike Lee's documentary was when one family recounted the meeting they had with an insurance agent who told them they would not be getting any money despite paying insurance for about 30 or 40 years.

The father who built the house after World War II was hard of hearing and was confident that the insurance company would take care of him, so his children did not tell him about the settlement until they insurance agent was well out of reach.

He asked "Why didn't you tell me when he was there? I would have killed him."
His son says, "We know, that's why we didn't tell you."

These insurance companies aren't just preventing people from rebuilding a roof or repainting their wall, they're fucking up peoples lives.

Cori and Kerry Rigsby, for having the courage to not just blindly shill for the corporate Massa and your James Bond level espionage you are the Snitch of the Week.


  1. The family your talking about was actor Wendell Pierce's of the Wire fame. Manipulating engineers reports? Nothing shocks me with corporate law breaking anymore. The concept of companies having follow laws has completely gone out the window in modern America.

  2. Yes, it was Bunk from The Wire. How the hell could I forget that?
    Good looks.

    This is Bush time. Laws are optional. More so than ever.DN8zDG