Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts awards NWDA
$25,000 to help identify and prosecute car insurance fraud
The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office has received a $25,000 grant from the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts to continue its efforts to identify and prosecute car insurance fraud and other forms of insurance fraud in Hampshire and Franklin counties and the town of Athol, part of a statewide program approved by the Division of Insurance to identify and prosecute all forms of insurance fraud.
Statewide, the Community Insurance Fraud Initiative (CIFI) of the IFB, a public-private investigative agency dedicated to the systematic elimination of fraudulent insurance transactions, has helped reduce by $1.1 billion the amount of fraudulent claims paid since 2003. This has helped to reduce insurance premiums for consumers by an estimated $162 per car.
Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan, First Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Steven Gagne, IFB Chief of Investigations Anthony DiPaolo, NWDA Forensic Investigator Robert Harrison and IFB Investigative Counsel Stephen Adams.
“The IFB continues to be a great partner in our efforts to combat all forms of insurance fraud,” Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said. The NWDA’s Financial Crimes Unit has worked closely with the IFB of Massachusetts on several large cases in recent years.
Authorized by an Act of the Massachusetts Legislature and signed into law in 1990, the IFB conducts criminal investigations and refers appropriate cases for criminal prosecution. It is funded by automobile and workers compensation insurers in Massachusetts.
The Community Insurance Fraud Initiative was created after a 65-year-old grandmother was killed in what eventually was proven to be a staged accident in Lawrence, Mass. in 2003. The unprecedented task force eventually to unraveled a network of staged accident participants and facilitators that included ordinary citizens, runners, chiropractors, physical therapists and lawyers.
The CIFI has partnerships with the majority of District Attorneys’ Offices statewide.