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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
The cost of your insurance
may soon be going down thanks to a new law passed during this 2012 legislative
session in Baton Rouge.
"I think the insurance fraud issue is
huge, and I think the way we are handling it is going to be huge," said Senator Morrish.
Insurance fraud is a problem in Louisiana, according to Senator Morrish, but this new law may put a dent
in the amount of criminal fraud cases, and it could reduce the amount you pay
"A portion of your premium is about fraud," said Senator Morrish. "So as we begin to prosecute fraud, and begin to look hard at how we're going to
prosecute these criminals and what the payment will be, I think we'll see less
fraud. It should lower your insurance premiums."
The law will now allow the state of Louisiana to access the bank accounts of anyone convicted of insurance fraud.
"We have the ability now to go into
their bank accounts and to seize that money that they have gotten in control of
through fraudulent insurance practices," said Senator Morrish.
Morrish says the problem is that
punishment for insurance fraud in Louisiana is minimal, a fine and possibly a
year or two of jail time, not enough to prevent people from committing the
"Essentially, the people that are going
to be paying for us to investigate fraud, to prosecute fraud, insurance fraud
in Louisiana, are going to be those who are committing it," said Senator Morrish.
Senator Morrish says no matter the
type of insurance, the insurance company or the policy holder, this law
will affect you.
"I think it's huge," said Senator Morrish. "I think it's huge to the policy
holders, whether it's commercial or it's residential."
Senator Morrish says
sometimes fraud criminals have millions of dollars in their accounts when
they're caught. But now they can't touch it after their time is served.