Insurance fraud up after storms in LA

From a report by News 2’s Scott Satchfield

State authorities are busy tracking down insurance fraud suspects in the aftermath of Louisiana’s recent hurricanes. The Louisiana Insurance Fraud Task Force is made up of the Attorney General’s Office, the Insurance Department and State Police.

Officials say fraud reports are up, and the task force is sharpening its enforcement in response. State Insurance Commissioner Robert Wooley said fraud affects everyone in times like these.

“Everybody is being vigilant right now because they don’t want someone taking advantage of the system,” Wooley said. “Because it’s going to cost them down the line, and everybody understands that.”

Those needing to report insurance fraud can call (866) 372-8305 or e-mail the task force at Insurance fraud can carry a penalty of up to five years in prison and mandatory restitution.