News: 2009 Press Release
For Release: March 20, 2009
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Insurance Commissioner Poizner Proudly Recognizes Dept. of Insurance Fraud Division Participation in This Year's 25th Annual 'Baker to Vegas Cup Relay'
Twenty fraud investigators run 120-mile relay race joined by 250 teams traveling from as far as Canada and Germany.
Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner today recognized the members of the California Department of Insurance Fraud Division who participated in this year's 25th Annual Baker to Vegas Cup Relay race on March 14-15, 2009.
"The Fraud Squad performed extremely well and should be proud of their tremendous efforts in the Baker to Vegas Cup Relay," said Commissioner Poizner. "I would especially like to thank the team members whose generosity and passion for their work were illustrated by the commitment, time and energy they put into this special event. It was my privilege to attend this year's relay and meet with the team at the end of race festivities. The amount of dedication, teamwork and extraordinary effort required to complete this event is to be commended. Thank you and congratulations to the 2009 Fraud Squad."
The Baker to Vegas Cup Relay is the largest law enforcement race in the world. This year, it drew over 250 teams traveling from as far as Germany and Canada. The Cup Relay is a 120-mile, 20-stage foot race which begins in Baker, California and finishes in Las Vegas, Nevada. The terrain begins at 400 feet above sea level and peaks up to almost 4000 feet above sea level before descending into Las Vegas.
The Cup Relay is open to law enforcement agencies worldwide. Each year, hundreds of teams participate from agencies all over the world. The CDI team is nicknamed "The Fraud Squad." Its 20 members - CDI Fraud Division officers - are given the opportunity to demonstrate pride in their profession, organization and team.
This year the Fraud Squad completed the run by trimming a full hour from the previous year's time. The Fraud Squad was supported by a fantastic group of team members including Fraud Division investigative and professional staff, Fraud Division retired members and a number of cheering, supportive family and friends.
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