Nevada County District Attorney wins grant to fight auto insurance fraud |

Nevada County District Attorney wins grant to fight auto insurance fraud

Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell has announced the California State Insurance Commissioner awarded his office a $31,000 grant to help investigate and prosecute auto theft and auto insurance fraud.

The district attorney’s office will be able to assign a dedicated investigator and a part-time deputy district attorney for enhanced investigation and prosecution of auto theft and fraud cases.

“This grant will help us expand our consumer protection investigations and prosecutions,” Newell said in a news release. “Economic crimes are rapidly increasing throughout the state and we will be proactive protecting our citizens. ”

The district attorney said he will work closely with the California Department of Insurance to identify cases that will have the most deterrent effect and those that significantly impact the community.

According to the news release, in the last three years there were 45 suspected fraud cases reported to the Insurance Commission that were not investigated due to a lack of resources. The grant will allow these referrals to be investigated locally and help protect Nevada County consumers.

The addition of this position enhances the district attorney’s investigative capabilities and scope. The District Attorney Investigations Bureau has three full-time criminal investigators and specialized investigators for worker compensation fraud, welfare fraud and now, auto insurance fraud.

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