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How Are We Doing?
Some Current Statistics
Arrests and Convictions: 1997 – 1999
- The Frauds Bureau chalked up a record 390 arrests
during 1999, up from 371 in 1998 and 276 in 1997. This represents
an increase of 40% since 1997 and 240% since the beginning of the
- The Bureau investigated two cases in 1999 under the
Organized Crime Control Act (OCCA) that contributed to the record
number of arrests. One covert operation led to the closing of six
illegal medical mills. A 104-count indictment revealed a $5 million
scheme that involved steerers, forged prescriptions, bogus medical
tests and staged accidents. Four major insurers have filed a $15 million
Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) lawsuit against
the defendants who have already pled guilty. The second case resulted
in shutting down a jetski distribution network and led to the indictment
of 55 individuals on charges of criminal enterprise, insurance fraud
and other crimes.
- In addition, the number of criminal convictions that
prosecutors obtained in Frauds Bureau cases totaled 194 during 1999,
up from 101 in 1998 and more than double the 88 convictions recorded
during 1997. The Bureau has been conducting an outreach program to
help forge strong professional relationships with district attorneys
across the State. The program has begun to bear fruit as reflected
in our year-end statistics.
- The number of suspected insurance fraud reports
the Bureau received decreased for the second consecutive year in
1999, declining from 23,210 in 1997 and 21,170 in 1998.