How Are We Doing?
Some Current Statistics
Arrests and Convictions: First Half, 2001 2003
- Arrests from Frauds Bureau investigations topped off at 464 for the first six months of 2003, outpacing last years total for the same period by 7% and the six-month total for 2001 by 53%.
- Two major sweeps in June netted 37 arrests for charges ranging from insurance fraud to grand larceny. In one sweep, detectives from the Suffolk County DAs Office, working with the Frauds Bureau, the State Insurance Fund and the Workers Compensation Inspector Generals Office, arrested 18 people for defrauding the workers compensation system of more than $550,000. One of those arrested was a chiropractor who was responsible for the theft of almost half of the total stolen in the various schemes.
- In the second sweep, 19 members of two no-fault fraud rings operating in Queens and Nassau Counties were arrested, including three personal injury attorneys, two former NYPD police officers, two insurance brokers, several middlemen or "steerers," and operators of medical clinics.
- These and many day-to-day investigations contributed to the 464 arrests chalked up during the January - June 2003 period.
- The number of criminal convictions obtained by prosecutors in Frauds Bureau cases reached 204 during the first six months of 2003, compared with 199 and 88, respectively, for the same period in the two prior years.
- Reports of suspected fraud, at 14,515 for the first half of 2003, ran 21% above the total for the same period last year and 40% over the same period in 2001. The Bureau continues to make progress in the development of a Web-based reporting system.