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Two lawyers and one medical doctor pleaded guilty in connection with an interstate staged auto insurance fraud ring involving more than 55 victims/insurance carriers both in Arizona and California. Over $2.5 million was paid out in fake insurance claims in an organized staged collision ring from 1993-2000. Investigators from the California Department of Insurance's (CDI) Los Angeles Urban Auto Fraud Task Force targeted the ring in 2003 dubbing it "Operation Rent & Wreck" and announced the investigations and arrests of 18 people. 

Attendees at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) survived the blistering Arizona heat in Scottsdale, Arizona, to see progress being made on many crucial issues. The Estimating Task Force, formed by AASP, ASA and SCRS at NACE in 2004, had plenty to report about getting results from the database providers. 

A number of dealership service departments, independent repair shops and other automotive businesses that have been the victims of thefts in recent months are urging other businesses in the industry to take added steps to protect themselves. 

Friday, 30 September 2005 17:00

Plan ahead to reduce the tax bite

Most people in the United States tend to associate the month of April with taxes. But in reality, there's a lot more you can do right now - prior to the end of 2005 - to reduce your tax burden come next April 15. 

Monday, 31 October 2005 17:00

Part 2 what should be in a personnel file

An article in last month's issue outlined why maintaining personnel files is so critical - and explained some of the items that should not be kept in the files. 

Are you ready for the "personnel file" challenge? How well can you answer these questions: