Following Foxs death, the couple filed lawsuits against the insurance companies, alleging they had failed to pay out on millions of dollars owed on the policies. Foxs youngest son, Al Fox III, later filed to intervene in the suits, arguing that he is the rightful recipient of the insurance proceeds as his mothers nearest relative and alleging that his sister and her husband are negligently responsible for the death of the insured, thus prohibiting them by law from receiving the benefits. The lawsuits have since been consolidated into one Tarrant County case. Life insurance scams The FBI filed their application Friday for a warrant to civilly seize the money currently being held by the court after learning that mediation was underway in the case. A probable cause affidavit by FBI Special Agent Ronald Grosse, included with the filing, states that an insurance fraud investigation had been ongoing since July 2014 two months before Foxs slaying into an Irish Travellers community in North Augusta, S.C.. Travellers have been known to be involved in life insurance scams in the past, Grosse wrote. These scams typically involve lying on the policy applications about income, net worth, health, identifying information, and whether other policies have been issued. The FBI investigation revealed that Charles Mercier, an insurance agent whose family writes life insurance policies almost exclusively for Travellers, had written five policies on Anita Fox in 2007 and 2008. The affidavit describes Anita Fox as an English Traveller. In July 2013, one of the $1 million policies was changed to make Pat Gorman, an Irish Traveller who resided in Virginia, a co-owner of the policy and the new beneficiary. Mercier told investigators that the change had been made after Mark Buckland called and told him he could not afford the premiums on the Fox policies.
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