Law Enforcement and Anti-Fraud Professionals Attend 2023 NYACT Annual Education Conference

Over 200 Attend Training on Insurance Fraud and Auto Crime at the Heritage Club at Bethpage State Park.

Over 200 anti-fraud professionals attended The New York Anti Car Theft and Fraud Association (NYACT) 2023 Annual Education Conference on November 8, 2023, at the Heritage Club at Bethpage State Park. The Keynote speaker was Owen McShane, Deputy Commissioner Investigations & Law Enforcement, NYS DMV and Adjunct Professor at the University of Albany College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. Mr. McShane addressed the audience and shared his knowledge and expertise in DMV fraud investigations and application of facial recognition to combat identity theft.

Other speakers included Dr. Howard B. Reiser, Signet Claims, Barry I. Levy, Rivkin Radler, LLP., Sherry LeVeque, OnStar, Robert Dodd, Plymouth Rock Assurance and Roy A. Mura, Esq., Maura Law Group, PLLC

Each year, the NYACT Board of Directors presents awards at the NYACT Annual Education Conference. The Joseph McDonald award is NYACT's highest and most prestigious honor and is given to an individual or team in Law Enforcement. This year's honor was presented to Detective Michael Dominguez for his relentless pursuit of truth and justice that has not only resulted in numerous successful prosecutions, but has also deterred potential fraudsters from engaging in illegal activities, and his consistent demonstration and commitment to uphold the highest standards in his investigations. 

The John J. Kennedy Award is presented for Outstanding Service by an individual or team in the insurance industry in recognition of the investigation and prevention of auto theft and insurance fraud. This year's John J. Kennedy Award was presented to Fernando Candia from Progressive Insurance who initiated an investigation into an unauthorized broker by identifying an email being used on an existing policy. The unauthorized broker’s prior email was linked to about 10 caused losses in 2020 & 2021. To date, an additional 12 claims have been denied for fraud & misrepresentation.

Certificates of Meritorious Achievement were presented for superior investigation & fraud fighting efforts in 2023 to insurance company employees and to members of the law enforcement community. Insurance awardees were Louis Casto, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Chloe Costa, Bristol West/Farmers Insurance, Michael Faber, Progressive Insurance, Don McCaslin, Travelers, Cheryl Ronk, Allstate Insurance Company and Harold Thela, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. New York State Insurance Fund's Division of Confidential Investigations Team: Elaine Leach, Dominick Raspante, and Winston Sapiago.

The New York Anti Car Theft and Fraud Association (NYACT), New York's association, was founded to provide training for insurance and law enforcement personnel to combat vehicle crime and insurance fraud.

Visit for articles and information from the conference or email the NYACT Office at [email protected].

Contact Information:
Abby Curro
Executive Director
[email protected]

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