COUNTY BUCKS, PA. (CBS) – The trial started on Tuesday for a eminent member of a family from Bucks County who is accused of being involved in a fraudulent insurance ploy of $ 20 million. Investigators began to take a closer look Claire Risoldi Finance after their house had three fires in five years.
This case was in the works for a while now. Risoldi was charged four years ago with these charges of insurance fraud. She is also accused of intimidating witnesses.
Lawyers on both sides finally filed their case on Tuesday.
Risoldi, 72, is accused of living in a vacuum with forged insurance claims. It's the $ 1 million Clairemont mansion on Stony Hill Road in nearby Buckingham. Risoldi was charged after three fires in the last five years in the house.
A tarp is still hanging on the roof today.
In all, she is accused of collecting more than $ 20 million in insurance claims, as she would have used the money to buy expensive cars and lavish items for the house, as well as to finance extravagant dinners for the elderly. Republican candidates.
Bucks County Attorney Linda Montag said in her opening statement: "Greed is not just about losing it. Greed is who she is. "
Montag added, "You will hear about false assessments of fraudulent receipts, inflated leases. You will hear the definition of insurance fraud. "
However, defense lawyer Jack McMahon pointed to an insurance company.
"This case is about greed. This is AIG's greed, "said McMahon. "There's a way to get out of it, a way out, a way to fool the insured, they will."
Now that the trial has begun, the mansion has become a show in the community of Buckingham Township.
"I wanted to show this house to my brother," said Rich Driscoll of Newtown. "It's a blatant insurance fraud and I'd just like to see justice."
"It makes me sick that people think they can do anything," said Fred Driscoll, of Northeastern Philadelphia. "This is the first time I see it. I'm happy not to live here. I would not want to live next to that – a reminder of that. "
The trial is expected to last two weeks. Risoldi's husband committed suicide in February 2015.