The Insurance Fraud Prevention Division (IFPD) at the Nebraska Department of Insurance received 718 case referrals of potential insurance fraud last year, according to the department’s Winter 2018 newsletter.
Of those 718 referrals, 481 were submitted through the National Insurance Crime Bureau and 93 were submitted via the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ online fraud reporting system, the DOI said. The remainder were submitted by victims, concerned consumers or law enforcement agencies.
The actual or potential monetary losses for 238 of the reported cases exceeded $14.8 million.
The IFPD investigated the following types of insurance fraud during 2018:
- Property/casualty: 544 cases;
- Life/health: 103 cases
- Agent or internal fraud: 51 cases
- Other fraud: 20 cases
Of the 718 cases referred to the department in 2018:
- 69 cases involving 30 suspects were sent for criminal prosecution
- 55 cases involving 30 suspects resulted in convictions
- 62 cases resulted in restitution in the amount of $328,399.52
Cases referred to the IFPD for investigation had venue in 58 Nebraska counties. Douglas, Lancaster, and Sarpy Counties accounted for 69 percent of cases (496 cases).
Source: Nebraska Department of Insurance
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