The Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (OIFP) is responsible for investigating, prosecuting, and deterring insurance fraud and serves as the statewide coordinator for all anti-insurance fraud efforts in New Jersey. With more than 50 detectives and 20 prosecutors, OIFP investigates a wide range of insurance fraud schemes and serves as a clearinghouse for cases referred by the public, insurance companies, the Medicaid Program, and other law enforcement agencies. In addition, OIFP provides funding to County Prosecutor’s Offices to enable them to investigate and prosecute insurance fraud at the local level.
- In May 2018, Governor Murphy nominated Tracy Thompson to serve as the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, a position she has held in an acting capacity since March 2018. Thompson has spent twenty-five years as a prosecutor, first with Mercer County and later with the Division of Criminal Justice. She previously served as Counsel to the Director of DCJ.
- In 2018, OIFP received and evaluated nearly 4000 cases of suspected fraud. Of these cases, OIFP retained more than 250 for prosecution, and referred others for county prosecution or civil disposition.
- OIFP launched a new Public Partnership Initiative and media campaign, “Insurance Fraud. Report It. End It.” Focused on community engagement, this initiative sought to educate the public and empower them to identify and report insurance fraud and helped strengthen police-community relations by taking tangible and measureable steps to include the public in the Office’s efforts to combat insurance fraud.
- Through OIFP’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the Elder Protection Task Force organized and hosted its inaugural World Elder Abuse Awareness Day program. The event raised public awareness about the victimization of vulnerable, senior citizens and efforts to prosecute those seeking to exploit or harm them.