Andover, Mass. - CGI's special investigative unit (SIU) operating within Clarendon National Insurance Co. has concluded a probe that resulted in the arrest of four California residents. Six felony charges have been lodged in connection with a fraudulent auto theft claim that was filed with Clarendon.On March 1, 2006, California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi announced the arrests and added: "These types of false claims cost all of us more in the form of higher insurance premiums. My department will continue to fight this fraud to help ensure a fair, affordable insurance system for all Californians."

"CGI's special investigative unit is firmly committed to working with us as business partners," said Joe Malikow, director of SIU operations for Clarendon. "CGI's professionalism, state-of-the-art technology, breadth of resources, and international flavor combine to provide us with the tools we need to succeed in combating insurance fraud."

According to Eric Lundby, CGI's vice president claims, "Insurance fraud is a tremendous obstacle within the insurance industry. Each year, this crime costs the insurance industry $96 billion; within the property and casualty industry alone, the cost of insurance fraud exceeds $23 billion. Our SIU staff brings years of experience in law enforcement, and this experience produces exceptional results for our clients."

CGI's SIU practice provides full investigations of suspected fraud in commercial, personal lines, workers' Compensation, homeowners', and health insurance; internal investigations; and pre-employment background checks. CGI provides expert staffing of investigators who are law enforcement professionals with experience in fraud and criminal investigations.

Source: CGI Group Inc.

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