“Insurance Fraud Volume I” Second Edition

INSURANCE FRAUD IS EPIDEMIC

Information Needed to Defeat or Deter Insurance Fraud

Insurance fraud continually takes more money each year than it did the last from the insurance buying public. There is no certain number. No one knows the amount that is taken by insurance fraud because most attempts at insurance fraud succeed. Estimates of the extent of insurance fraud in the United States range from $87 billion to more than $300 billion every year. The only certainty is that it is a serious crime that bleeds the insurance industry sufficiently to have states compel insurers to create special investigative units (SIU’s) to investigate, deter and defeat insurance fraud to assist the state in its efforts to prosecute the crime.

Insurers and government backed pseudo-insurers can only estimate the extent they lose to fraudulent claims. Lack of sufficient investigation and prosecution of insurance criminals is endemic. Most insurance fraud criminals are not detected. Those that are detected do so because they became greedy, sloppy and unprofessional so that the attempted fraud becomes so obvious it cannot be ignored.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) estimated that almost 25% of the bodily injury claims related to auto crashes are bogus. Property and casualty claims against auto insurance are not much better, coming in at around a 10% fraud rate.

Insurance fraud is not limited to the US. In Britain fraud costs the British economy amounts estimated in billions of British pounds. Since the amount of fraud actually detected is a small portion of what was actually found, the estimates published are little more than an educated guess.

Insurers must also generate a close relationship with the state insurance department’s fraud division or fraud bureau, local police agencies, the FBI, the ATF, the Postal Investigation Service, the local fire department’s arson unit, local prosecutors, and the local U.S. Attorneys if they are to have any chance to reduce the effect of insurance fraud. Insurers should also work to make the general public, state legislators, state governors, congress members and U.S. Senators, and the Attorney General of the United States aware of the effect insurance fraud has on the public at large and the insurance industry.

Wherever insurance is written insurance fraud exists. It is an equal opportunity fraud committed by people of every race, religion or national origin.

No matter how seriously the insurers work to prove fraud the authorities often ignore them. In response, police and prosecutors complain that the insurers do nothing that police and prosecutors can use to prosecute the crime of insurance fraud while insurers complain that prosecutors ignore them when they present evidence of a fraud. There is truth in both complaints. Insurers, although compelled by statute to investigate potential insurance fraud and to present the results of their investigations to prosecutors, they are not trained as police officers. Insurance company employees, whether claims adjusters or SIU investigators are not trained to present evidence of a crime to a court. They can only advise professional insurance fraud investigators at the state departments of insurance or state police agencies who must then investigate further to obtain evidence that is sufficient for a charge of insurance fraud or to convince a Grand Jury to issue an indictment.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Insurance Fraud Is Epidemic.
  2. Measuring Insurance Fraud
  3. What Is Insurance Fraud?.
  4.  Arson For Profit.
  5. Soft Fraud.
  6. Hard Fraud..
  7. Liability Insurance.
  8. Interpretation Of Insurance Contracts.
  9.  Ethics & The Insurance Fraud Investigation.
  10. Uberrimae Fidei – Utmost Good Faith.
  11. Fraud By Professionals.
  12. First Party Property Fraud.
  13. Health Insurance Fraud.
  14. Insurance Fraud Is A Crime.
  15. Fraud Created By Legal Professionals.
  16. Fraud In The Acquisition Of Insurance.
  17. Fraud In The Presentation Of A Claim.
  18. Investigating Fraud.
  19.  Arson For Profit Investigation.
  20. Investigation Methods.
  21. Evaluation Of Medical Records As Part Of A Fraud Investigation.
  22. About the Author.

Available as a Kindle book, a paperback or a hardcover


© 2022 – Barry Zalma

Barry Zalma, Esq., CFE, now limits his practice to service as an insurance consultant specializing in insurance coverage, insurance claims handling, insurance bad faith and insurance fraud almost equally for insurers and policyholders.

He practiced law in California for more than 44 years as an insurance coverage and claims handling lawyer and more than 54 years in the insurance business.

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You may find interesting the podcast “Zalma On Insurance” at https://anchor.fm/barry-zalma;  you can follow Mr. Zalma on Twitter at; you should  see Barry Zalma’s videos on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCysiZklEtxZsSF9DfC0Expg/featured; or videos on https://rumble.com/zalma. Go to the Insurance Claims Library – https://zalma.com/blog/insurance-claimslibrary/ The last two issues of ZIFL are available at https://zalma.com/zalmas-insurance-fraud-letter-2/ 

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