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Gas prices and living expenses are rising, and a buck just doesn’t go as far as it once did. During this time of financial hardship, some are turning to unscrupulous ways to stretch their dollars, including filing fraudulent claims. Jeff Berino, a seasoned fire investigator and deputy fire chief at Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue, talked to Claims’ about how cracking down on auto arson can dissuade a frazzled policyholder from ever striking the match.

Tell us about your recent experiences with auto fraud, specifically arson.

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