NICB Reports "Questionable" Auto Glass Claims Are Up 527 Percent for First Half of Year
August 2, 2010
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports that "questionable"
auto glass claims are up 527 percent for the first half of 2010,
compared with the same period last year. The finding comes as part
of NICB'S annual
questionable referral reason analysis, which looks at a variety
of types of claims from its insurance company members.
During the first half of 2009, NICB had 239 questionable auto glass
claims referred to it, compared with 1,498 for the first half of
2010-up 527 percent by 1,259 claims. Last year, the group had reported
that suspicious auto glass claims were up 76 percent over the previous
"We're seeing concern from our members about criminal rings
that are deliberately damaging vehicle windshields in order to file
an insurance claim, and in some cases are not doing satisfactory
repairs or replacements," says Joe Wehrle, NICB president and
chief executive officer.
Though questionable auto glass claims may be up, NICB spokesperson
Frank Scifaldi says fraudulent claims may not necessarily be. According
to information from NICB, these are claims that NICB member insurance
companies refer to NICB for closer review and investigation based
on one or more indicators of possible fraud.
"These are not definitive fraud cases at all," Scifaldi
told glassBYTEs.com/AGRR magazine. "These are
cases that the member companiesof which there are more than
1,000-have the option of referring
as questionable to us."
The NICB is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Des
Plaines, Ill., which works to "prevent, detect and defeat insurance
fraud." The group receives support from approximately 1,000
property/casualty insurance companies. It also works with law enforcement
agencies "to facilitate the identification, detection and prosecution
of insurance criminals."
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