Arson Fraud

Discover the answers to questions you need to close your fire claims.

Fraudulent claims cost you and your policyholders time and money. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that more than 280,000 intentional fires were reported each year in 2007-2011 resulting in $1.3 billion in property damage. Insurance companies are paying the price. The Fraud, Forensic and Litigation services team at HORNE LLP is dedicated to identifying fraudulent insurance claims.

We provide a comprehensive range of forensic accounting and expert testimony to assist Special Investigation Units (SIU) and attorneys in understanding complex financial matters. HORNE’s Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE), Certified Public Accountants (CPA), Certified Internal Auditors (CIA) and analysts help your team fight arson fraud.

Why You Need a Forensic Accountant

Hiring a forensic accountant can increase your leverage at the negotiating table and in the courtroom. We understand the complexities associated with arson claims.

Our experts and methodologies are Daubert tested and withstand courtroom scrutiny. HORNE assists you in evaluating the payment of a claim resulting from suspected arson through an initial claim assessment and, when needed, expert witness services.

Customized Approach

We review financial documents and perform detailed data analytics to evaluate the claimant’s financial pressure to determine if financial motive is present.

We also perform an assessment of the facts and circumstances unique to your claim to identify indicators of insurance fraud. Tax returns, banking records and claim history help determine if the claim appears to be an attempt to defraud the insurer.

We identify additional documents or witnesses needed and discuss with you the next steps based on a preliminary analysis. Each case is different, and we work with you to create an approach and provide you with customized options to assist you in evaluating your claims.