Claims News Service, Nov. 18, 9:05 a.m. EST -- Geico, the fourthlargest private passenger auto insurer in the United States, isaggressively using state criminal systems to go after peopleconvicted of auto theft or auto damage so the court can order themto personally return lost deductibles and other expenses to thecompany's policyholders.

Through its new CORTS program -- Court Ordered Restitution,Towing and Storage -- the company has gone after dozens ofrestitution cases, and the effort has resulted in thousands ofdollars being returned to policyholders to pay back theirdeductibles and expenses.

Being present at the court hearings is a big part of theprogram's success. Says Tom Gross, Geico's coordinator for theCORTS program, "Sometimes we have to go to court repeatedly on thesame case. Needless to say, our policyholders love us for appearingin court with them throughout the entire criminal proceedings."

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