National Insurance Crime Bureau
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is a North American non-profit membership organization headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois as well as nine other national offices. It was created by the insurance industry to address insurance-related crime and works closely with law enforcement agencies. Much of NICB's focus is on vehicle theft and medical fraud.
With a 100-year heritage, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is the nation's premier not-for-profit organization dedicated exclusively to fighting insurance fraud and crime.
NICB was formed in 1992 from a merger between the National Automobile Theft Bureau (NATB) and the Insurance Crime Prevention Institute (ICPI), both of which were not-for-profit organizations. The NATB, which managed vehicle theft investigations and developed vehicle theft databases for use by the insurance industry, dates to the early 20th century. The ICPI investigated insurance fraud for approximately 20 years before joining with the NATB to form the present National Insurance Crime Bureau.
To lead a united effort of insurers, law enforcement agencies and representatives of the public to prevent and combat insurance fraud and crime through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness.
NICB membership includes more than 1,100 property-casualty insurance companies, vehicle rental companies, auto auctions, vehicle finance companies, self-insured organizations and strategic partners.
Beyond membership, nearly 400 employees work with law enforcement agencies, technology experts, government officials, prosecutors, international crime-fighting organizations and the public to lead a united effort to prevent and combat insurance fraud and crime.
Five Fraud-fighting Core Functions
NICB is guided by an Integrated Business Plan, or IBP, that allows them to adapt to changing market conditions and stay ahead of criminals. IBP is based on the following five operational functions:
NICB develops, compiles, analyzes and disseminates information to help prevent, detect and deter insurance fraud. They identify and provide data on questionable trends, patterns, entities and organized rings, included NICB’s valuable electronic ForeWARNSM and MedAWARE® Alerts, which are integrated into ISO ClaimSearch®.
NICB conducts multi-claim, multi-carrier investigations of major criminal activity. Much of their success is due to our network of relationships with members and strategic partners, as well as law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and others who are dedicated to uncovering and stopping insurance and vehicle crimes.
NICB delivers customized, face-to-face training and education at member locations to help companies stay current on the latest insurance crime issues and schemes, red flag indicators and fraud-fighting technologies. Additional training is available through various NICB Academies, as well as the online National Insurance Crime Training Academy (NICTA). They also provide in-person and online training for members of law enforcement.
NICB’s legislative advocacy team leads the property-casualty industry’s anti-fraud and vehicle theft legislative and regulatory agenda. They promote statues, regulations and policies at all levels of government to help serve member interests in preventing, detecting and defeating insurance-related crimes.
NICB creates extensive media campaigns to inform the public, news media, member companies and their policyholders, and the general public about insurance crime issues. They encourage consumers to anonymously report fraud via their website, phone, text message or our fraud tips app. Consumer services also include our popular VINCheck® service, which helps the car-buying public to determine if a vehicle has been reported as stolen, but not recovered, or as a salvage vehicle.
- Joseph Wehrle - President and Chief Executive Officer
- Jim Schweitzer- Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
- Dan Abbott - Senior Vice President, Chief Information Office
- Robert Jachnicki - Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
- Andrew Sosnowski - Senior Vice President and General Counsel
- Alan Haskins - Vice President, Government Affairs
- Barbara Low - Vice President, Human Resources
- Roger Morris - Vice President, Chief Communications Officer
- Brian Smidt - Vice President, Data Analytics
- Tom Welsh - Vice President, Training
- Charlie Worsham - Vice President, Membership and Marketing
- Karen Graczyk - Vice President, Information Technology
- Allen Boehmer - Chief Inspector and Compliance Officer
- 2010 Voted "Best Places to Work in Illinois" - Daily Herald Business Ledger
- 2010 Health at Work - Silver Award
- 2011 Association TRENDS Gold Award Winner - Annual Report
- 2013 Telly Award - Superstorm Sandy Damaged Cars
- 2014 Healthiest Companies in America - Interactive Health
- 2014 Telly Award Winner - Moore, Oklahoma Tornado
- 2014 Communicator Award - Silver Award of Distinction - NICB News
- 2014 Communicator Award - Gold Award of Excellence - 46 Stolen Vehicles Found at the Port of Los Angeles
- 2014 PR Daily Video Awards - Best News Story Video - Triumphant Return
- 2015 Communicator Award - Silver Award of Distinction - Triumphant Return
- 2015 Communicator Award - Silver Award of Distinction - Staged Vehicle Accidents
- 2015 W³ Awards Silver Award Winner - Lancaster Cloned Vehicle - Online Video - Public Service
- 2015 ACE Award - Best Small Communications Team (Roger Morris, Frank Scafidi, Brian Dryfhout and Katlin Mulligan)
- 2016 GDUSA In-House Design - Annual Report
- 2016 Healthiest Companies in America - Interactive Health
- 2016 Telly Award - Katrina: 10 Years Later - Online Video: Documentary - Brian Dryfhout
- 2016 Communicator Award - Silver Award of Distinction - Katrina: 10 Years Later - Brian Dryfhout
- 2016 W³ Silver Award - Texas Tornado Post-Disaster Scam - Branded Video Content: Not-for-profit
- 2016 W³ Silver Award - Craigslist Corvette Scam - Online Video for Public Service
- 2016 Davey Awards - Silver Award - NICB News - Online Film/Video - Charitable/Not-for-Profit
- 2016 Ace Award - Best Small Communications Team (Roger Morris, Frank Scafidi, Brian Dryfhout and Katlin Mulligan)
- 2017 Telly Award - Mystery Device Can Unlock and Start Your Vehicle
- 2017 Communicator Award - Silver Award of Distinction - PSA: Leaving Your Keys in a Vehicle
- 2017 Communicator Award - Gold Award of Excellence - Mystery Device Can Unlock and Start Vehicles
- 2018 Communicator Award - Silver Award of Distinction - NICB Makes Aerial Imagery from Harvey and Irma Available to Public
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