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How Are We Doing?
Some Current Statistics
Arrests and Convictions: 1998 – 2000
- Arrests resulting from Frauds Bureau investigations,
at 503, hit an all-time high in the year 2000, surpassing lest years
performance by nearly 30%.
- Success in several major cases contributed to the
significant year-to-year increase in the number of arrests. Early
in the year, 52 individuals, including the son-in-law of John Gotti
and several other members of organized crime, were charged with operating
an auto crime ring in Queens. An offshoot of this investigation led
to the arrest in May of 22 individuals on similar charges. In a major
crackdown on no-fault fraud in November, 53 defendants were charged
with participation in a scheme that purposely staged at least 27 auto
accidents in the New York City area. In addition, a number of workers
compensation fraud sweeps, both upstate and downstate, were carried
out by the Frauds Bureau, the Workers Compensation Inspector
General, the State Insurance Fund and local law enforcement agencies.
- The number of criminal convictions obtained by prosecutors
in Frauds Bureau cases also set a record in 2000, reaching 318 and
far outpacing last years total of 194. At the direction of the
Executive Bureau, the Frauds Bureau has met with district attorneys
in each of the States 62 counties. Our year-end statistics reflect
this statewide approach which has led to a greater degree of communication
and cooperation with prosecutors across the State.
- The number of reports of suspected insurance fraud
increased to 22, 247 during 2000, following two years of decline.
The Bureaus Electronic Fraud Reporting System was opened to
the entire industry in March 2000, allowing insurers to submit their
fraud reports online. The system contains a valuable cross-reference
feature that provides insurers with information on all other reports
that share information, such as name and/or address of the suspect
and other matching data.