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Wednesday, February 01 2017

Northwestern DA Wins Grant to Prosecute Fraud

Adapted from a Northwestern District Attorney’s (NWDA) Office press release:

The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office has received a $25,000 grant, from the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB)of Massachusetts, that will help it continue efforts to identify and prosecute car insurance fraud, and other forms of insurance fraud, in Hampshire and Franklin counties and the town of Athol.

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. “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 CIFI was created after a 65-year-old grandmother was killed in what eventually was proven to be a staged accident that took place in Lawrence in 2003. The task force eventually 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.