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How Are We Doing?
Some Current Statistics
Arrests and Convictions: 2001 2003
- The number of arrests resulting from Frauds Bureau
investigations reached a record-setting 811 in 2003, outpacing 2002
by 15% and 2001 by 46%.
- Multi-agency cooperation was a hallmark of many investigations
during 2003. Five Rockland County landscapers were arrested in January
for operating businesses without securing workers compensation
and other insurance coverage for their employees. The Frauds Bureau
and the Workers Compensation Board solved this case with the
assistance of the Workers Compensation Inspector Generals
Office, the Rockland County DAs Office and the Clarkstown Police
Department. In another case of pooling resources, an investigation
by the Frauds Bureau, the Orleans County Fire Investigation Team and
the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control resulted
in the arrest of a suspect in July for allegedly burning his home
for an insurance settlement. Investigations such as these have become
routine and leave no doubt as to the value of such cooperative efforts.
- The Frauds Bureau continues to target no-fault fraud
and abuse. An eight-month investigation led to the indictment in August
of 85 physicians, psychologists, chiropractors, attorneys, medical
clinic owners and others in the first stage of what may be the largest
no-fault insurance fraud scheme ever prosecuted in New York State.
The investigation was conducted by the Suffolk County DAs Insurance
Crime Unit which comprises detectives and prosecutors from the DAs
Office, the Frauds Bureau, the NICB, the AGs Office, the State
Police and the Suffolk County Police Department.
- Not to be discounted are the day-to-day investigations
that also contributed to the Bureaus record-setting number of
arrests in 2003.
- The number of criminal convictions obtained by prosecutors
in Frauds Bureau cases totaled 324 in 2003, down from the total for
the prior year but well above the number posted for 2001.
- The number of reports of suspected fraud received
by the Frauds Bureau reached an all-time high in 2003, up by more
than 20% from 2002. Our Web-based electronic reporting system blueprint
is in its final stages. Under the AT&T Global Network currently
in use, about 69% of all reports received by the Bureau are submitted
electronically. With a Web-based system, we can easily achieve 100%
electronic reporting, with the capability to accept reports from laptops
and field locations. Under the proposed system, certain fields would
be required, i.e., the system would not accept the report without
specific information. Thus, the system will enhance the effectiveness
and accuracy of fraud reports and reduce staff time spent in follow-up