State Investigates Record Number of Insurance Frauds

State Investigates Record Number of Insurance Frauds

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The state is investigating a record number of insurance fraud cases this year, due in large part to its crackdown on bogus health-insurance claims.

In the first eight months of fiscal 2003, the state began investigating 522 new cases of insurance fraud, compared with 175 cases opened in all of fiscal 2002.

Joe Christensen, director of the Utah Insurance Fraud Division, said most of the fraud is committed by an estimated 25,000 Utah teenagers and young adults who remain on their parents' health insurance policies even after they marry.

Once dependents marry, they no longer can remain on their parents' policies.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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