Central Insurance Companies joins GIC to combat fraud

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Central Insurance Companies joins GIC to combat fraud

The Central Insurance Companies has joined the Geospatial Intelligence Center (GIC) program, a consortium dedicated to combatting insurance fraud using aerial imagery. The GIC is headed by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), an insurance fraud-prevention non-profit.

“Insurers are always looking to adapt to change, and the GIC showcases how the industry is ready to help policyholders by allowing adjusters to handle claims remotely,” said Paul Edwards, vice president of claims for Central. “In this current climate, it’s essential to keep our customers safe, but still assist in the aftermath of catastrophe.”

“This advanced imagery allows our fraud investigators to conduct an investigation remotely,” said Jeff Lieberman, Central’s director of anti-fraud and recovery. “Without GIC imagery, that would not be possible.”

Within the first hours or days following a catastrophe, GIC’s fleet of fixed-wing aircraft fly over impacted areas to capture and assess damage. The NICB works with local law enforcement and disaster-scene commanders to grant the GIC program access to disaster areas as soon as it’s safe to fly.