DA’s office gets $30K from state Insurance Fraud Bureau

  • Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan

Staff Writer
Published: 1/25/2022 10:51:26 PM
Modified: 1/25/2022 10:50:13 PM

The Northwestern district attorney’s office has received $30,000 from the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts to support its work on insurance fraud cases.

District Attorney David Sullivan and First Assistant District Attorney Steven Gagne met with Anthony DiPaolo, the Insurance Fraud Bureau’s executive director, to accept the money late last month.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Insurance Fraud Bureau,” Sullivan said in a statement. “Insurance fraud is a serious crime, and those who commit it should think twice before they try to cheat the system and find themselves facing criminal charges.”

Laurie Loisel, communication and outreach director for the DA’s office, said in a statement that fraudulent insurance claims often involve relatively small sums, though they add up to large amounts that hurt anyone who pays insurance premiums.

DiPaolo said in an interview that his bureau got permission from the state Division of Insurance to award the $30,000, which he said Sullivan is free to use however he deems fit.

“The money basically helps offset the costs that the DA’s office has and … we’re putting an emphasis on insurance claims, which helps everybody that insurances a car in the state of Massachusetts,” DiPaolo said. “If you remove fraud from the system, it obviously reduces the premiums for putting a car on the road.”

DiPaolo said his bureau, based in Boston, greatly appreciates its collaboration with Sullivan’s office.

The criminal fraud cases referred to the Northwestern district attorney’s office for prosecution in 2021 involved a Franklin County woman who sought an insurance payment claiming her car had been hit while parked, which was disproved through a forensic examination of the damage to her car, and a Hampshire County woman who falsely claimed someone had stolen her car, which had been involved in a hit-and-run in Springfield, but then gave different stories to police and insurance investigators.

According to Loisel, another case was resolved in Northampton District Court in May 2021 when a defendant facing criminal charges of filing a false insurance claim and attempting to commit a crime had the charges continued without a finding following his payment of $425 restitution to his insurance carrier.


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