Louisiana – LATIFPA
Louisiana Automobile Theft and Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority
LSA-R.S. 22:2131 et seq. established the Louisiana Automobile Theft and Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority (LATIFPA) in 2004, and subsequently established statutory revenue support for the LATIFPA s educational and public awareness outreach programs. A public agency within the Louisiana Department of Insurance, LATIFPA is tasked with combating motor vehicle insurance fraud, including fraud by theft and other criminal acts.
LSA-R.S. 22:2134 established the Automobile Theft and Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority Fund. This specially created fund is the mechanism used to collect and disburse funds through a grant process for the purpose of reducing motor vehicle theft and insurance fraud.
In accordance with LSA-R.S. 22:2134, LATIFPA is authorized to solicit and accept gifts, grants, donations, loans and other assistance from any person or entity, private or public. LATIFPA is authorized to establish programs in conjunction with other state agencies, local governing authorities and law enforcement agencies for motor vehicle theft and insurance fraud prevention, detection and enforcement. LATIFPA is authorized to make grants to other state agencies, local governing authorities and law enforcement agencies for motor vehicle theft and insurance fraud prevention, detection and enforcement. LATIFPA is also authorized to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with any public or private association, corporation or individual which has a similar obligation and purpose as long as all expenditures are for a public purpose and create a public benefit proportionate to the cost. In 2010, the Louisiana legislature passed Act 1013, authorizing funds each fiscal year from the insurance fraud assessment for LATIFPA s educational and public awareness programs.
LATIFPA is governed by an 11-member board of directors representing the Department of Insurance and related governmental entities. The board includes the Commissioner of Insurance or his designee, the State Treasurer or his designee, a representative of the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud Unit, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Insurance or his designee, the chairman of the House Committee on Insurance or his designee, two members appointed by the Attorney General to represent law enforcement officials in this state, two members representing motor vehicle insurers doing business in this state, and two members representing purchasers of motor vehicle insurance. LATIFPA has a two-person staff.