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Some Current Statistics
Arrests and Convictions: First Quarter, 2001
- Arrests from Frauds Bureau investigations in the first
quarter of 2003 totaled 244, versus 281 for the same period in 2002.
The Bureau posted 115 arrests during the first three months of 2001.
- Among those arrested during the January–March
2003 period were six Rockland County landscapers charged with operating
businesses without securing workers compensation and other insurance
coverages in an effort to bypass New York State Law requiring all
business owners to provide insurance to protect workers injured on
the job. The Frauds Bureau and the Workers Compensation Board
conducted a sting operation that included video surveillance showing
the landscapers hiring and using about 20 immigrant day laborers.
- In addition, an investigation by the Frauds Bureau,
the State Police and the Erie County DAs Office led to the arrest
of an insurance agent accused of taking more than $31,000 from four
elderly clients, all of whom were in their 70s. Acting as their financial
advisor, this suspect was supposed to reinvest the money but instead
he deposited it into his personal account.
- Not to be discounted are the day-to-day investigations
that brought about arrests of many individuals accused of workers
compensation fraud, staged accidents, medical over-billing and various
- The number of criminal convictions obtained by prosecutors in Frauds Bureau
cases reached 104 during the first three months of 2003, compared with 105 and 37, respectively,
for the same period in the two prior years.
- The Frauds Bureau received just over 7,200 reports of suspected insurance
fraud in the first quarter of 2003, up from 6,326 for the same period in 2002 and 5,188
in 2001. Currently about 55% of all fraud reports are received electronically. Progress
continues on the development of a Web-based reporting system to complement the AT&T
Global Network system currently in use.