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How Are We Doing?
Some Current Statistics
Arrests and Convictions: First Three Quarters, 2001 – 2002
- The Frauds Bureau recorded 575 arrests during the first nine months of
2002, surpassing the total for the same period a year ago by a whopping 53%. The number
of arrests for the January
– September 2002 period has already exceeded the previous record-high of 554 arrests
for all of 2001.
- The Frauds Bureau was involved in a number of major
investigations that led to the record-breaking number of arrests during
the first nine months of 2002.
- In what is believed to be the largest ongoing investigation
of insurance fraud in the State, investigators used the forfeiture
statutes to seize the assets of a body shop in Suffolk County and
arrest the president, the vice-president and co-owner, and the general
manager in July. The property seized included $117,000 in cash, $140.000
in various bank accounts and more than $1 million in commercial real
- In March, 30 individuals were charged in a $1.6 million
undercover sting operation that resulted in the recovery of 68 reportedly
stolen vehicles. State Farm and GEICO provided funds to aid the investigation.
- A joint investigation with the Attorney Generals
Auto Insurance Fraud Unit led to the arrest in January of 20 suspects
accused of staging accidents and submitting phony medical claims.
- The Frauds Bureau received 18,389 reports of suspected
insurance fraud during the first three quarters of 2002, versus 17,142
for the same period a year earlier. The Bureau encourages all insurers
to take advantage of our electronic system for submitting fraud reports.
We receive the reports in real time and you eliminate paper copies.
Currently, more that half of all reports are submitted electronically
Were shooting for 100%.