The Maine Bureau of Insurance has called on state legislators toapprove creation of a fraud unit within the bureau that it sayswill fill a law enforcement gap.

In a recent report to the Legislature's Insurance and FinancialServices Committee, the bureau concluded the creation of a fraudunit is feasible. The report recommends establishing a three-person unit that would work in coordination with the office of theattorney general to investigate possible instances of fraud forprosecution.

The report said that presently an “enforcement and prosecutorialgap” has resulted in fraud issues not being adequately addressed inthe state.

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