N.H. Gets Full Time Insurance Fraud Prosecutor

April 11, 2006

Catherine Tucker has been appointed insurance fraud prosecutor for New Hampshire, the Attorney General’s office announced.

Tucker’s appointment represents a commitment between the state Insurance and Justice departments to aggressively prosecute insurance fraud, which is “estimated to account for 10 percent of all premiums paid by residents of New Hampshire,” Attorney General Kelly Ayotte and Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny said in a news release.

In a typical year, “this amounts to over $20 million for New Hampshire consumers,” Ayotte said.

Examples of insurance fraud investigations undertaken by the fraud unit include workers compensation, medical provider billing, staged automobile accidents and insurance agent theft.

The unit’s work has resulted in restitution orders of over $2 million for New Hampshire consumers.

Sevigny told a recent insurance agents meeting that he hopes that raising the profile of insurance fraud prosecutions will not only increase restitution but also send a message to deter some who might contemplate fraud.

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