The Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner's Fraud Unit investigates violations of Georgia statutes related to insurance fraud. The unit receives requests from property and casualty companies, health care providers, life insurers and other insurance providers, consumer and departmental complaints, and through local, state, and federal authorities.
The Insurance Commissioner employs sworn law enforcement officers, certified by Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. As Special Agents in the Fraud Unit, these officers have the power to execute arrest warrants and search warrants for criminal violations; serve subpoenas issued for examinations; investigate and determine if offenses have occurred.
Administrative assistance is also provided to enforcement attorneys upon request for review of potential violations of Georgia law involving agents, adjusters, unlicensed companies and insurance carriers.
Subsequent to the investigation, Special Agents within the department have the power to make arrests for violations of Georgia’s insurance fraud statutes.
A person convicted of insurance fraud shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than two nor more than ten years, or by a fine, of not more than $10,000.00, or both.
Cases are received and reviewed based on criteria developed by the department. The cases assigned to criminal investigators are evaluated, reviewed and developed for prosecution. Individuals violating the state fraud statutes are arrested and are subject to prosecution both at a state and federal level.