The economic downturn has an increasing number of New Yorkers looking for a quick solution to financial problems in the form of owner give-ups. The New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud (NYAAIF) reports schemes involving everything from abandonment of vehicles to arson, leading them to investigate all suspicious claims more aggressively.

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One New York City woman was arrested last year for insurance fraud after filing a claim for theft of her car, which was later found by police. The car had been damaged by fire, and authorities determined that the vehicle, which comes equipped with a system that only permits operation with a programmed key, was not forcibly entered, and there was no evidence that the systems had been defeated in an attempt to steal it.

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The NYAAIF is working in cooperation with the Fraud Bureau and other law enforcement agencies to curb the costly criminal behavior.

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