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What is Insurance Fraud?

What is Insurance Fraud?

Fraud occurs when someone knowingly lies to obtain some benefit or advantage to which they are not otherwise entitled or someone knowingly denies some benefit that is due and to which someone is entitled. Depending on the specific issues involved, an alleged wrongful act may be handled as an administrative action by the Department or the Fraud Division may handle it as a criminal matter.

What Types of Insurance Fraud or Other Crimes Does the Fraud Division Handle?
The Fraud Division is charged with enforcing the provisions of Chapter 12 of the California Insurance Code, commonly referred to as the “Insurance Frauds Prevention Act,” California Penal Code, Sections 549-550 and California Labor Code, Section 3700.5. Current law requires the Fraud Division to investigate various felony provisions of the Penal and Insurance Codes. Most often, investigations conducted by the Fraud Division involve some aspect of a “Suspected Fraudulent Claim” or other related crimes.

Cases investigated by the Fraud Division most often involve criminal acts involving automobile property and personal injury, workers’ compensation, health insurance and residential and commercial property claims. Some examples of the types of insurance fraud that are investigated include:  

California and federal laws also permit the Fraud Division to pursue its cases federally. In those instances, the crime of “insurance fraud” is usually pursued as “mail fraud,” “criminal racketeering” or other federal offenses.


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Article taken from Insurance.CA.Gov


Written by lordsinsurancelog

May 9, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Posted in Insurance Tips