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NU Online News Service, Aug. 2, 3:46 p.m. EDT

As insurers report increases in 2010 catastrophe losses, many times due to storms with hail, an analysis by the National Crime Insurance Bureau (NICB) reveals a 107 percent increase in questionable claims referrals for hail damage claims.

The NICB has worked with law enforcement “in pursuing suspected unscrupulous roofing companies that take advantage of storms to fake or deliberately cause damage to roofs in an effort to pay for a replacement roof that wasn’t damaged by a storm,” said Joe Wehrle, NICB president and chief executive officer, in a statement.

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