Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan meets with IFB Chief of Investigations Anthony DiPaolo, along with
First Assistant District Attorney Steven Gagne and investigators from the IFB and Massachusetts State Police.
The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office has received a $25,000 grant again this year from the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts to continue its efforts to identify and prosecute car insurance fraud and other forms of insurance fraud in Hampshire and Franklin counties and the town of Athol, part of a statewide program approved by the Division of Insurance to identify and prosecute all forms of insurance fraud.
The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office has collaborated with the IFB since 2011, prosecuting approximately 60 insurance fraud cases during that time.
“We are honored to continue our partnership with the Insurance Fraud Bureau, and assist them in their efforts to combat all types of insurance fraud,” Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said.
Authorized by an Act of the Massachusetts Legislature and signed into law in 1990, the IFB is a public-private agency that conducts criminal investigations and refers appropriate cases for criminal prosecution. It is funded by automobile and workers compensation insurers in Massachusetts. Through its Community Insurance Fraud Initiative (CIFI), the IFB has helped reduce by $1.1 billion the statewide amount of fraudulent claims paid since 2003, which in turn has helped to reduce insurance premiums for consumers by an estimated $162 per car.