The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has released thefindings of ten state-specific reports charting questionable claims(QC) referrals for the past 2 years. All of the results share astriking commonality: an uptick in suspicious claims activity.

When evaluating the QCs originating from Ohio, Texas, New York,New Jersey, California, Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts,Illinois, and Connecticut during 2009, 2010 and 2011, the NICBobserved rising numbers across the board, with increases rangingfrom 4 percent in Texas to 49 percent in Michigan. 

Although western states such as California and Washington havelong been considered hot beds for auto theft, the Midwest accounted for a largeportion of the total QCs, with Ohio and Illinois posting increasesof 36 and 17 percent, respectively. The smattering of suspiciousclaims activity was also evident in other states, as Minnesota, NewJersey and California reported overall increases of 31, 26 and 19percent respectively. 

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