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How Are We Doing?
Some Current Statistics
Arrests and Convictions: 1999 2001
- The number of arrests following Frauds Bureau investigations
reached an all-time high of 554 in 2001, outpacing last years
performance by 10% and 1999s total by 42%.
- Success in several major, multi-agency investigations
contributed to the record number of arrests in 2001. The first statewide
sweep ever conducted in New York brought in more than 40 suspects
on various charges of insurance fraud. The downstate investigation
conducted by the Frauds Bureau, the Brooklyn District Attorneys
Office and the NYPD led to search warrants at 11 auto body shops that
netted more than 20 arrests for auto-related fraud. On the same day,
Frauds Bureau investigators conducted sweeps in Syracuse and other
upstate areas that resulted in the arrest of 21 individuals, the majority
for workers compensation fraud. The upstate success was the
result of the joint efforts of the Frauds Bureau, the Onondaga County
District Attorneys Office, the State Insurance Fund, the State
Police, the Syracuse Police Department and the Workers Compensation
Inspector Generals Office.
- The number of criminal convictions obtained by prosecutors
in Frauds Bureau cases totaled 210 at year-end 2001. The Frauds Bureau
works closely with district attorneys and local law enforcement agencies
across the State to coordinate efforts and encourage cooperation.
- The number of reports of suspected insurance fraud
increased by nearly 17% over the total for last year, and a full 35%
above the number received in 1999. The rise in reporting is due in
large measure to the Bureaus commitment to work closely with
insurers to ensure that no potential fraud goes unreported. Reports
of suspected no-fault fraud now represent almost 60% of all reports
received by the Bureau, surpassing all other types of fraud reported.