About the Fraud Division
The Fraud Division is the largest law enforcement unit within the Enforcement Branch of the California Department of Insurance.
The Fraud Division's mission is to protect the public and prevent economic loss through the detection, investigation, and arrest of insurance fraud offenders.
To achieve this mission, the Fraud Division is staffed by over 300 dedicated staff, of which 237 are sworn peace officers pursuant to Section 830.3(i) of the California Penal Code. Fraud Division peace officers are known as detectives. Detectives conduct a variety of specialized criminal investigations that pertain to insurance fraud within four primary programs:
• Automobile Insurance Fraud
• Workers’ Compensation Fraud
• Property, Life and Casualty Fraud
• Disability and Healthcare Fraud
Crimes investigated under these programs are under Section 550 of the Penal Code, the California Insurance Code, and other related crimes such as conspiracy, theft, and automobile theft statutes.