2017 Media interviews

James Potts, Jr.  Vice Chair, NYAAIF

James Potts, Jr. 

Vice Chair, NYAAIF

Jim is on the Executive Board of the New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud and has been featured in numerous informative media interviews regarding insurance fraud. See below for those interviews. 

Contact: Elijah Mercer NYAAIF@insurancefraud.org
202-250-3250

Video contest challenges students to fight fraud in New York

Competition aims to educate Empire State consumers about insurance crime

NEW YORK, N.Y., Nov. 16, 2016 — Insurers are urging students to create a video that convincingly shows how all New Yorkers pay for insurance fraud. It’s a video contest sponsored by the New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud — with cash prizes.

Undergrad or grad students will create a short video showing how insurance fraud damages New Yorkers — and how to fight back. It will be two minutes max, and geared for social sharing.

Winner receives $1,000; runner-up gets $500. Videos are due February 20, 2017 @ 11:59pm. Students can sign up here: http://www.fraudny.com/video-contest/.

Student filmmakers should motivate New Yorkers of all ages with any of these consumer messages:

  • Upstate. Downstate. Everyone is a victim!
  • Insurance fraud — the crime you pay for
  • Insurance fraud hurts everyone.

Students will hone their creative skills — and do a public service for New Yorkers everywhere. Students can be full time or part time.

Winners will be announced online in February. The filmmaker(s) will receive their awards during NYAAIF’s annual meeting in New York City on March 8, 2017.

NYAAIF is an alliance of 104 insurance companies in New York. NYAAIF was created in 1999 to educate consumers about the cost of insurance fraud and help consumers avoid becoming victims. For more information, visit www.fraudny.org.

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Ellen Melchionni, Board Member, NYAAIF

Ellen Melchionni, Board Member, NYAAIF

Click below to hear Ellen Melchionni talk about rate evasion and registration fraud in New York State during an interview with Anne McCloy, WRGB's noon anchor.

 
Jim Quiggle, Spokesperson, NYAAIF

Jim Quiggle, Spokesperson, NYAAIF

Click below to hear Jim Quiggle give outrageous examples of insurance fraud in New York State during an interview with Diane Donato of WGY, Albany.

 
Dennis Jay, Board Member, NYAAIF

Dennis Jay, Board Member, NYAAIF

Click below to hear Dennis Jay explain the cost of insurance fraud to all New Yorkers in this interview with Joe Bartlett of WOR, New York City.

Insurance Fraud Hurts. Everyone!

Insurance Fraud Hurts. Everyone!

Inspector General named “Fraud Fighter of the Year”

March 16, 2015, New York, NY — Cited for an aggressive campaign to counter workers-compensation scams throughout the state, New York Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott was honored with the “Fraud Fighter of the Year” award by the New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud.

NYAAIF Chair Jim Berrigan and New York Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott

NYAAIF Chair Jim Berrigan and New York Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott

The award was presented during NYAAIF’s recent annual meeting held here.

NYAAIF Chair Jim Berrigan credited the IG’s leadership in compiling an impressive record of prosecuting wide-ranging workers-compensation cases. They included fraud by claimants, medical providers and businesses.

“The IG’s efforts put teeth behind our anti-fraud marketing campaigns in providing valuable deterrence though public awareness and vigorous prosecution,” Berrigan said in presenting the award. He also commended Scott for reaching out and working with insurers to identify fraud trends and develop strategies to counter them.