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… to John Romero, upon his retirement from the top spot in the Lawrence, Massachusetts, police department. Romero was the power behind the dismantling of staged auto rings that overran his city. His leadership led to nearly 500 arrests and saved consumers millions of dollars in premium costs. .. to Maryland lawmakers for passing a law last year that allows regulators to lodge civil actions against suspected insurance schemers, speeding up the often slow practice of waiting for the prosecutors to get charges officially filed.
… to Oklahoma lawmakers for setting up a system where the fine$ levied against work comp cheaters are being used to fund anti-fraud efforts. And for trying to control fraud as they work to adjust 70,000 claims from the recent tornado; they’ve launched consumer assistance forums and cracked down on public adjusters. … to West Virginia lawmakers for setting up a system of tracking drug overdose deaths. They’re actively looking for answers to the growing questions surrounding drug diversion.
… to South Carolina lawmakers for their work in passing HB3409 and for its hoped for effect upon shady contractors. The new law also closes some loopholes that adversely affected consumers. … to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation for identifying $55 million in fraud savings in the FY between June 30, 2012, and June 30, 2013. The bureau referred 236 cases for prosecution, leading to 134 indictments and 140 convictions.
… to Suffolk County, Massachusetts, for its crash ring dismantling efforts that saved county drivers more than $379 million over the past 10 years.
… to New Hampshire lawmakers for HB228, effective January 1, 2014, that clears up jurisdictional loopholes and opens the doors for the prosecution of fraud where the claim took place, where the policy provided coverage, or where the paperwork is submitted. No more sneaking through the cracks for fraudsters!
… to our friends at the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud for their public outreach programs. Attaboys to Jay, Jim and Howard for all they do in the fight against fraud: national alerts, consumer videos, etc.