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BILL S6318-2013: Enacts provisions to reduce the incidence of motor vehicle insurance fraud
Grants the superintendent of financial services authority to investigate fraudulent activities, such as motor vehicle operators who drive with no insurance coverage, and those who misrepresent their principal place of residence or where their motor vehicle is principally garaged and operated; authorizes the insurance frauds bureau to accept reports of suspected fraudulent insurance actions; requires insurance companies and self-insurers to report incidents of insurance fraud to the department of financial services; provides for compensation to law enforcement agencies for the prosecution of insurance fraud; directs the superintendent of state police to establish an insurance fraud reward program to those who report insurance fraud; directs the division of criminal justice services to collect and analyze information on insurance fraud; includes within the class D felony of forgery in the second degree, the forgery of a certificate of insurance or an insurance identification card; includes within the class C felony of forgery in the first degree, the forgery of 10 or more written instruments; includes within the class E felony of insurance fraud in the fourth degree, the operation of a motor vehicle in this state when the vehicle is insured in another state, but it is actually garaged in this state or the owner principally resides in this state; provides for the civil forfeiture of the proceeds of a fraudulent insurance act; requires applicants for motor vehicle registrations and driver's licenses to provide the department of motor vehicles with the address of their principal place of residence; establishes a temporary task force on motor vehicle insurance fraud.

Sponsor: O'BRIEN
Committee: INSURANCE