Attendees of the NYAAIF meeting also heard from Frank Orlando, head of the fraud unit of the state Department of Financial Services.
New Jersey Special Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Ron Chilemmi briefed NYAAIF members on his agency's public-outreach efforts, and suggested that there could be joint advertising between the two states since they contain overlapping media markets.
NYAAIF also previewed its upcoming television and radio advertising campaign, which will focus on workers compensation and disability fraud.
is working in cooperation with the state's Fraud Bureau and other law enforcement agencies to curb the costly criminal behavior.
"Most consumers are honest and forthright, but some are exploiting the confusion of these natural catastrophes to illegally try and line their pockets with insurance money," says John Sargent, chairman of NYAAIF
NYAAIF noted that this costly form of insurance fraud rose nine percent between 2008 and 2009, and accounted for 54 percent of all fraud reports received by the Bureau.
"No-fault fraud is often committed by organized criminal enterprises operating corrupt medical clinics that submit fraudulent claims for treatment that was either not performed or not necessary," explained Ellen Melchionni, president of NYAAIF, in a press release.
is a cooperative effort by insurance companies in New York to educate consumers about the costs of insurance fraud, the many forms it can take and what they can do to fight back.
"No-fault fraud is often committed by organized criminal enterprises operating corrupt medical clinics that submit fraudulent claims for treatment that was either not performed or not necessary," said Ellen Melchionni, president of NYAAIF
. "Unfortunately, it's innocent New Yorkers who are footing the bill for this fraud through higher auto insurance premiums."
To avoid becoming the victim of a staged accident or should you suspect one, NYAAIF
offers the following tips:
Visit www.fraudny.com for more information on NYAAIF
and what you can do to help fight insurance fraud.
"Many people who would never think of robbing a bank, stealing a car or burglarizing a home believe insurance fraud is a victimless crime," NYAAIF
president Ellen Melchionni said.