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CFO Sink Announces State-of-the-art Interview Recording System, to Increase Fraud Conviction Rates

3/13/2007

CONTACT:  Nina Banister or Brannon Jordan
(850) 413-2842   
 
MIAMI– Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink announced today that a new state-of-the-art interview recording system is now being used in the Miami regional office of the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud.  The new recording system is expected to increase conviction rates by providing law enforcement officers and the courts with more accurate and complete evidence of statements made to investigators by witnesses and offenders. 
 
The CaseCracker Interview Management System may be used to digitally record audio and video of law enforcement interviews in their entirety.  The system will also make it easier to share and transfer recorded interviews with other law enforcement entities in joint investigations.  In addition, the new recording system is expected to save time in case preparation and interview reviewing.
 
“The implementation of a high-tech recording system is another innovative way my office is working to protect Floridians by holding people who commit fraud accountable,” said CFO Sink who oversees the Department of Financial Services.  “Prosecuting fraud more efficiently will help increase conviction rates and protect Floridians from financial crimes.”
 
The Miami office is home to the division’s largest fraud prosecution unit.  Last year alone, the Miami fraud office was responsible for 300 of the state’s nearly 800 fraud arrests. 
 
The Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud, investigates various forms of fraud in insurance, including health, life, auto, property and workers' compensation insurance.  Anyone with information about suspected insurance fraud is asked to call the department's Fraud Fighters Hotline at 1-800-378-0445.  A reward of up to $25,000 may be offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
 
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink  oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.