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May 19, 2006



I think this is a great effort to improve communication between the police and the community and an exellent use of technology.

Perhaps more of this mode of progressive forward thinking can be applied to other areas of policework.

Well done.

This seems to be very common. In New York City I had a similiar case years ago. They targeted homeless men that were "accident prone". Insured them using "key man" insurance in a non existent company. One victim was struck by a City Bus and the insurance company paid one million dollars, no questions asked.

Just a comment, this blog is a great idea. I hope that you are successful with this campaign. Gets the public involved and returns that feeling of safety to "Joe Public." Good Job, keep it up. I hope every other department across America takes a page from your book, again great job

This is great!! Why are there not more of these?? Maybe there should be more of these on Friday and Saturdays nights. Maybe MADD could help.

The woman with the big smile for her mugshot on the right is a bit scary. The mugshot on the left looks more like you'd expect -- the lady is freaked out at being arrested.

This is a terrible crime but a fascinating story about how these women (allegedly) set up this whole scenario.

Bet those ladies might be a little cheesed to be called "elderly," but that's the least of their worries now!

Boy, there are some sick people out there...

These women put Paul Vados in a spanish speaking neighborhood where no one in the building he lived for his last 2 years spoke any english. No phone and no money as they had his social security sent to Helen Golay's address in Santa Monica. They paid his rent and his policies with his own income. They also buried him in the wrong cemetary without a head stone.

Anyone who knew Paul Vados knew he was a caring father and husband and all around nice guy.

If anyone knows anything about his envolvement in the late 90's with these women please contact the LAPD and maybe post here too.

I am Paul's daughters boyfriend of 27 years and he will be sadly missed by his daughter and me and all the others who knew him.

Great work on the part of the two investigators who realized what these women were up to.

I am shocked that two elderly ladies can pull off something like this. I am Hungarian and I have lived in this city for almost 20 years and this is really a shame for the Hungarian community. I hope Olga Rutterschmidt and her partner get the maximum penalty and I hope that the victims of the families will get some kind of compensation.

What a trip! These woman are scandalous. It's a crying shame that these women obviously have such little respect for human life.There day of reckoning will come,and not from the court system! GOD BLESS the victims.....

These two women will face the ultimate justice system one day. There has to be a special place in hell for those who commit their crimes against the weakest and the most vulnerable in society!

Is it just me or for does these two women look like the two men but with nose jobs & eye lifts? I'm looking at the article above that is also in People magazine and it's just uncanny the resemblances. Look at Olga Rutterschmidts eyebrows and Vados's. Even the brow bone is the same. The hairline is high like Vados's. It looks like the two men could be pulling the scam to me. I mean it just looks like they had nosejobs and made themselves into women? They would get the money. Look at the eyebrow bone on Helen Golay and the eyeshape? I noticed that the chins are the same as well. I'm probably wrong but in the People magazine with this article it's just so weird I had to say something. I don't mean any disrespect to the deceased if I'm wrong which I probably am.

I can assure Heather in her May 31st comments that she is wrong. Helen Golay is a female at least since age l5 yrs. when I met her and she resided with me. Bonnie

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This key man stuff is such an easy "hook" for con men, in insurance fraud cases, you've got to wonder when--ever--are lawmakers going to take a really close, close look at this too-easy-to-manage loophole?

--Jack Payne

The ability of these to gals to pull this off is unbelievable. First question: Whey weren't the insurance company's investigators, themselves, unable to establish the non-existence of any insurable interest here? I'd think the lack of family links would be the first big red flag.

You hear of something like this every now and then, and it always amazes me that these seemingly obvious connections--or lack thereof--cannot be quickly exposed. I write constantly on con games of all kinds, and have seen nothing to match the brashness of this.

i cant beleive that . how can someone be so fraud.
these people should be behind bars

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