How Are We Doing?
Some Current Statistics
Arrests and Convictions: January – September, 2002 – 2004
- The Frauds Bureau posted 656 arrests during the first three quarters of 2004, versus 684 during the same period in 2003 and 575 in 2002.
In addition to the arrests that resulted from the day-to-day investigations conducted by the Frauds Bureau, several major investigations contributed significantly to the total arrests for the first nine months of 2004. For example,
- A three-year undercover operation conducted by the Frauds Bureau, the Queens DAs Organized Crime and Rackets Bureau, the NYPDs Fraudulent Accident Investigations Squad, the State Police and the Department of Motor Vehicles resulted in the arrest of about 77 individuals and corporations including chiropractors, acupuncturists and physical and massage therapists, as well as two medical clinics and their employees for their participation in a major no-fault fraud ring.
- An investigation by the Frauds Bureau and the Attorney Generals Office led to the indictment of six people and five corporations for their roles in a sophisticated criminal enterprise. This was the first time the Attorney General filed an indictment charging enterprise corruption in an auto insurance fraud case. Two personal injury lawyers and their law firms, an insurance broker and a licensed acupuncturist were among those charged in this no-fault fraud scheme.
The number of criminal convictions obtained by prosecutors in Frauds Bureau cases totaled 280 for the first nine months of 2004, up from the number of convictions during the same period in the two prior years.
- Reports of suspected fraud totaled 20,989 for the January – September 2004 period, reflecting a decrease from the 22,675 reports received during the same period last year. The Bureaus Number 1 priority is a Web-based fraud reporting system. The Frauds Bureau and the Systems Bureau have been exploring ways to develop a Web-based system and we expect that recent recommendations for the new system can now be implemented by the Systems Bureau.