Reporting Requirements – Texas Ins Code § A person must report fraud not later than the 30 th day after he makes a determination or reasonably suspects that a fraudulent insurance act has been or is about to be committed in this state. A person shall make the report of suspected fraud in writing to the insurance fraud unit. The report shall be made in a format prescribed by the Fraud Unit or NAIC.
Texas Antifraud Plans TIC § Antifraud Plan Required for Certain Plan Issuers Prescribes the statutory requirement for establishing an antifraud plan. TIC § Filing of Antifraud Plan Insurers may file their plan with the Fraud Unit annually.
TDI’s Fraud Unit Receive reports of suspected insurance fraud (10,000 yearly). Interview suspects and witnesses. Acquire and analyze financial, business, and legal documents; follow the flow of money. Prepare comprehensive investigative reports for submission to a prosecuting agency.
Elements of a Comprehensive Suspected Fraud Report Tell us about who was involved in the fraud. Provide as much identifying information on all persons involved. Vehicles or personal property details. Explain when the fraud occurred or when the claim was reported and how it was reported. Where did the fraud occur. Explain efforts taken to contact parties involved in the fraud.
Elements of a Comprehensive Suspected Fraud Report - Continued Its important to know if the claim has been paid. Please include the amount, denied or pending $$. Tell us why you suspect the claim is fraudulent. Tell us about the documents you have to support your allegations. Submit your contact information.
When Reporting Insurance Fraud Submit a Copy of the Policy or Declaration page. Submit an official affidavit attesting to the authenticity of the records. Copies of recorded transcripts are good, but also include a duplicate copy of the audio recording. Be Detailed Explain Everything
Fraud Trends Theft of Premiums – Agents Disability Fraud Disappearing Auto’s (owner give up) Medical Provider Fraud Medical Identity Theft Misrepresenting Beneficiary (health)
Fraud Trends - Continued Unlicensed Health Ins Plans Mortgage Fraud (Title – Escrow) Disaster Fraud Application Fraud – ID Theft Disability Claim Fraud Economic Related Fraud
Saddled With Debt, Some Decide to Torch Vehicles
TDI’s Investigation Process Case assigned to an investigator who is responsible for developing additional facts. 90 day updates to the complainant. Concluded investigation submitted to a prosecuting agency having venue over the offense.
Recent Fraud Case Paul Banks purchased Equine Mortality Insurance on 18 horses and inflated their purchase price to the insurer. He created false bills of sale for each horse increasing the actual purchase price by several thousands of dollars. Subsequent claims were filed after the horses were mysteriously found dead, resulting in him collecting approximately $350, in benefits. Banks was convicted in Federal Court, sentenced to 21 months confinement in Federal prison, and ordered to pay $217, in restitution.
Hurricane Ike Fraud Stat’s Reports of Fraud 76 Agent Fraud 23 Adjuster Fraud 428 Disaster Claim Fraud Cases Opened for Investigation 31 Agent Fraud 1 Adjuster Fraud 60 Disaster Claim Fraud Cases Referred for Prosecution 10 Agent Fraud 18 Disaster Claim Fraud
Statistics – Fiscal Year 2009
Fraud Resources Link’s Annual Fraud Conference Annual Report to the Commissioner Top 10 Cases for FY 2009 Search engine for insurance fraud indictments and convictions. On-line reporting for consumer’s and SIU’s.
Agent Fraud Claim Fraud Workers’ Comp Fraud Sponsored by the Texas Department of Insurance