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This past year, Hawaiian residents observed gorgeous sunsets, a temperate climate, and something far less appealing: a wave of auto insurance-related fraud. In fact, the Insurance Fraud Investigation Unit of the State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (Fraud Unit) experienced a 61 percent increase in criminal convictions for motor vehicle insurance fraud in 2008 over the previous year. Convictions rose from 18 in 2006 to 34 in 2007, and 55 in 2008.

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