Michigan to Turn Up Focus on Auto Insurance Fraud

LANSING (AP) — A veteran investigator has joined the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office to crack down on auto insurance fraud and other scams.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson hired Al Kimichik as the department’s senior investigative executive. He began work Dec. 8 and most recently was inspector general for the state Department of Human Services, where he focused on fraud in public assistance programs.

He’s also been an investigator in the Environmental Quality and Natural Resources departments.

Johnson said Tuesday that Kimichik is an “accomplished fraud-buster” who will oversee and implement her plan to target fraud. She wants to expand verification of insurance certificates the department receives from drivers, upgrade software and do data analysis to identify signs of potential fraud.

Kimichik has 25 years plus of investigative and law enforcement experience.

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