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How Are We Doing?
Some Current Statistics
Arrests and Convictions: First Quarter, 2000
- Arrests resulting from Frauds Bureau investigations
in the first quarter of 2001 totaled 115, compared with 178 for the
first quarter of last year.
- A sweep in Rensselaer County captured 13 suspects
charged with various counts of insurance and welfare fraud. Among
those arrested was a Colonie man accused of collecting more than $20,000
in disability benefits at the same time that he was working as the
owner of a moving company that earned nearly $200,000. Other arrests
in the first quarter included a couple charged with conspiring with
"others" to have their car stolen and burned in order to
collect the insurance settlement. This investigation is continuing
in connection with the "others" involved.
- The number of criminal convictions obtained by prosecutors
in Frauds Bureau cases totaled 37 for the January–March 2001
period, compared with 89 for the same period in 2000.
- The Frauds Bureau received nearly 9,600 reports of
suspected insurance fraud during the first three months of 2001, an
increase of more than 2,800 over the same period a year ago. About
300 insurers currently participate in the Bureaus electronic
fraud reporting system which makes reporting more thorough, accurate