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The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has some vexing news for Floridians. The Des Plaines, Ill.-based not-for-profit organization’s recent analysis of questionable claims (QCs) reveals that the number of suspicious auto accidents that were either staged or deliberately caused is rising.

Just how significant is the increase? According to data submitted by NICB member insurance companies, there was a 58-percent leap in QCs in Florida in the past year alone (from 2008 to 2009). Alarmingly, Tampa reported 487 QCs related to staged/intentially caused accidents in 2009, a 290-percent uptick over the previous year. Miami pointed to 258 accidents (an 11-percent increase); Orlando had 240 such accidents, representing a 24-percent increase.

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