The Erie Police Insurance Fraud Unit is a grantee of the Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority of Pennsylvania. We are one of 17 grantees state-wide.
The Erie Police first received a grant from the IFPA in 2004. The grant was a pilot program in which the unit worked on a pro-active basis, looking for suspected insurance fraud cases from reports taken by police officers. The unit also receives referrals from the insurance industry on cases that gain their attention as suspected fraud. The unit also takes tips from the public. Some of the most notable cases started in that fashion.
There are four types of fraud: Homeowner, Worker Compensation, Auto, and Health. Some examples are a staged burglary, arson in which the goal is to receive payment for damage, faking injury at work, or using false identity to get health care.
The grant covers the cost of an investigator including salary and benefits, as well as provides support for an investigative vehicle, overtime, equipment, and training.
For more information regarding the Insurance Fraud Unit contact:
Det. Sgt. Tom Gray, (814) 870-1258, firstname.lastname@example.org