17:33A-8 Bureau of Fraud Deterrence.
8. a. (1) There is established in the Department of Banking and Insurance the Bureau of Fraud Deterrence. The bureau shall assist the commissioner in administratively investigating allegations of insurance fraud in consultation with the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor in accordance with subsection a. of section 9 of P.L.1983, c.320 (C.17:33A-9), and implementing programs to prevent insurance fraud and abuse. When so required by the commissioner and the Attorney General, the bureau shall cooperate with the Attorney General in the investigation and prosecution of criminal violations.
(2)In order to achieve administrative efficiencies, and notwithstanding the provisions of section 33 of P.L.1998, c.21 (C.17:33A-17), all civil investigators in the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, other than those assigned to the Case Screening, Litigation and Analytical Support Unit, and those additional administrative and clerical support personnel as may be mutually agreed to by the commissioner and the Attorney General, shall be transferred to the Bureau of Fraud Deterrence in the Department of Banking and Insurance. Personnel transferred from the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor in the Department of Law and Public Safety to the Department of Banking and Insurance pursuant to this paragraph shall be transferred with all tenure rights and any rights or protections provided by Title 11A of the New Jersey Statutes or other applicable statute, and any pension law or retirement system, as provided in the "State Agency Transfer Act," P.L.1971, c.375 (C.52:14D-1 et seq.).
b.The commissioner shall appoint the full-time supervisory and investigative personnel of the bureau, including the assistant commissioner, who, except as provided in subsections a. and d. of this section, shall hold their employment at the pleasure of the commissioner without regard to the provisions of Title 11A of the New Jersey Statutes and shall receive such salaries as the commissioner from time to time designates, and who shall be qualified by training and experience to perform the duties of their position.
c.When so requested by the commissioner, the Attorney General may assign one or more deputy attorneys general to assist the bureau in the performance of its duties.
d.The commissioner shall also appoint the clerical and other staff necessary for the bureau to fulfill its responsibilities under this act. The personnel shall be employed subject to the provisions of Title 11A of the New Jersey Statutes, and other applicable statutes.
e.The commissioner shall appoint an insurance fraud advisory board consisting of eight representatives from insurers doing business in this State. The members of the board shall serve for two year terms and until their successors are appointed and qualified. The members of the board shall receive no compensation. The board shall advise the commissioner with respect to the implementation of this act, when so requested by the commissioner.
f.The Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting in the Department of the Treasury shall, on or before September 1 in each year, ascertain and certify to the commissioner the total amount of expenses incurred by the State in connection with the administration of this act during the preceding fiscal year, which expenses shall include, in addition to the direct cost of personal service, the cost of maintenance and operation, the cost of retirement contributions made and the workers' compensation paid for and on account of personnel, rentals for space occupied in State owned or State leased buildings and all other direct and indirect costs of the administration thereof.
g.The commissioner shall, on or before October 15 in each year, apportion the amount so certified to him among all of the companies writing the class or classes of insurance described in Subtitle 3 of Title 17 of the Revised Statutes (R.S.17:17-1 et seq.), and Subtitle 3 of Title 17B of the New Jersey Statutes (N.J.S.17B:17-1 et seq.), within this State in the proportion that the net premiums received by each of them for such insurance written or renewed on risks within this State during the calendar year immediately preceding, as reported to him, bears to the sum total of all such net premiums received by all companies writing that insurance within the State during the year, as reported, except that no one company shall be assessed for more than 5% of the amount apportioned. The commissioner shall certify the sum apportioned to each company on or before November 15 next ensuing. Each company shall pay the amount so certified as apportioned to it to the Department of Banking and Insurance on or before December 31 next ensuing, and the sum paid shall be paid into the State Treasury in reimbursement to the State for the expenses paid.
"Net premiums received" means gross premiums written, less return premiums thereon and dividends credited or paid to policyholders.
h.(Deleted by amendment, P.L.2010, c.32)
L.1983, c.320, s.8; amended 1987, c.358, s.2; 1991, c.331, s.5; 2010, c.32, s.3.
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