Wednesday, April 27, 2016

This week is Insurance Fraud Awareness Week

Gov. Terry McAuliffe proclaimed this week Insurance Fraud Awareness Week, highlighting a problem that cost Virginia more than $21 million last year, according to a news release from Virginia State Police.
“People don’t realize how much money is being lost to insurance fraud,” First Sgt. Steve Hall, coordinator of the state police Insurance Fraud Program, said in the release.
McAuliffe’s proclamation was made in an effort to bring awareness to the issue and create more knowledge of the IFP program.

More than $18 million has been paid out in court-ordered restitution and more than 3,300 people have been arrested for insurance-fraud crimes since IFP’s inception in 1999, the release said. IFP participates in community events and rewards people up to $25,000 for tips leading to an arrest in these types of cases.

“Our program exists to educate the public, and we’re serious about rewarding those who can help us identify instances of insurance fraud,” Hall said in the release.
For more information or to report a fraudulent claim, visit or call (877) 623-7283.

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