Increased Penalties Pending in Florida and New Jersey

Legislation to stiffen the penalties for those committing insurance fraud is moving through the legislatures of two states. In Indiana, the state Senate voted to approve House Bill 1403, which would expand the state’s insurance anti-fraud laws by covering more crimes and increasing the penalties for those convicted.

Also, the Florida House insurance committee approved legislation that would impose a two-year minimum prison sentence for the filing of a police report after a fabricated accident. The measure would also require health clinics to post the number for the state Fraud Buster hotline and reward information for reporting fraud.