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New York, June 30, 1998


Veteran Crime Fighter DeRienzo Will Lead Crackdown on Fraud

Superintendent of Insurance Neil D. Levin today named Charles D. DeRienzo as Director of the Department’s Insurance Frauds Bureau.

Mr. DeRienzo joins the Department from the New York City Police Department, where he had a distinguished career of more than 30 years, rising to the rank of Inspector. He has had first-hand experience in the fight against auto insurance fraud as Commanding Officer of the NYPD’s Auto Crime Division, where he directed crime fighting operations, supervision, training and integrity control.

"I am pleased to welcome Charles to the Insurance Department," said Superintendent Levin. "His distinguished career as a crime fighter, supervisor and administrator makes him a valuable asset to the Department. He will head up our all-important fight against auto insurance fraud and workers compensation fraud, and will strengthen our capabilities in our efforts to expose and prosecute healthcare fraud. All fraud raises the cost of insurance for the honest, hard-working residents of New York."

Mr. DeRienzo has also served as Commanding Officer of the Quality Assurance Division, where he oversaw and initiated the new auditing system for NYPD precincts; tested and monitored the Department’s CPR (Courtesy, Professionalism and Respect) program; and audited finances, contracts and grants. Among his other high-level posts were Commanding Officer of the 43rd Precinct and Commanding Officer of the Police Academy.

Mr. DeRienzo graduated cum laude from New York Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Criminal Justice; and completed the New York City Police Management Institute at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.


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