Eric Swilley elected GA IASIU President
Jim Hammonds elected GA IASIU Vice-President
Ben Tibbs named Investigator of the Year
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 26, 2010 – Three GEICO special investigators were honored at last week's Georgia Chapter of International Association of Special Investigation Units' (GA IASIU) annual meeting.
GEICO's Special Investigations Lead Investigator Eric Swilley was elected as the new GA IASIU president and will serve the next two years. "Georgia IASIU will continue offering our members cutting edge training, and we intend on working with organizations within our communities to educate the public about insurance fraud and how it impacts everyone," he said.
GEICO Lead Investigator Jim Hammonds was elected as the Georgia chapter vice president for IASIU, and will serve alongside Swilley for a two-year term. "Georgia IASIU is a great way for our investigators to network with other companies' SIU as well as law enforcement and prosecutors to combat insurance fraud," Hammonds said. "I look forward to spending the next two years fostering that relationship."
GEICO Special Investigator Ben Tibbs was recognized as Georgia's Investigator of the Year for his role in 45 investigations that were referred for criminal prosecution. After being awarded, Tibbs said, "It was an unexpected honor to receive the award given the quality of the other investigators in GEICO's Atlanta office. I must share any recognition with the other members of my team, for no investigation is solved alone."
"It is an honor to have three members of our special investigations unit recognized for the hard work they do in Georgia," said Nancy Pierce, vice president of claims. "We are proud of the efforts they make to protect all Georgia customers."
More than 100 insurance fraud investigators and law enforcement personnel attended the annual meeting and participated in seminars about fraud trends, the identification and investigation of insurance fraud during catastrophic events, and learned new techniques to enhance their fraud investigations.
"The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud estimates insurance fraud crimes cost Americans $80 billion each year," said Walter Swett, outgoing GA IASIU president. Insurance fraud in Georgia is a felony, and it is a crime that everyone pays for through higher premiums."
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the third-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 12 million private passenger customers and insures more than 18 million vehicles (auto & cycle).
GEICO's online service center helps policyholders take care of policy sales, policy changes, claims reporting and to print insurance ID cards.
GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for boats, life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.
For more information, go to www.geico.com.