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NCJ Number: 122649 Find in a Library
Title: Field Experiment on Insurance Fraud in Auto Body Repair
Journal: Criminology  Volume:27  Issue:3  Dated:(August 1989)  Pages:589-603
Author(s): P E Tracy; J A Fox
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 15
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The focus of this study is a particular form of white-collar, crime-insurance fraud in auto body repair.
Abstract: Using an experimental design, the authors investigated whether repair estimates were related to insurance coverage. The study used a statewide representative sample of auto body repair shops in Massachusetts. With insurance coverage, the auto body repair estimates were significantly higher regardless of type of car, extent of damage, sex of driver, and location of shop. The implication of these results is that the automobile insurance industry is very susceptible to fraudulent or illegal practices that take unfair advantage of insurance companies and the consumer. 5 tables, 1 figure, 8 notes, 6 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Auto insurance fraud; Insurance claim investigations
Index Term(s): Massachusetts; White collar crime
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