Prosecutors must be stepping up their efforts in the fight against insurance fraud. The New York Insurance Department reports the number of criminal convictions obtained by prosecutors in Frauds Bureau cases totaled 281 for the first six months of 2009. This is up from 160 for the first half of 2008 and 245 in 2007.

While convictions are up, arrests are down. The Frauds Bureau recorded 323 arrests for the first half of 2009, compared with 344 for the same period in 2008 and 388 in 2007.

Also, the Frauds Bureau received 12,961 reports of suspected fraud during the January-June 2009 period, up from 11,260 in the same period of 2008 11,549 in 2007.

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