Regional Investigator

<strong>AF Group (Lansing, Mich.) and its subsidiaries are a premier provider of innovative insurance solutions. Insurance policies may be issued by any of the following companies within AF Group: Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, Accident Fund National Insurance Company, Accident Fund General Insurance Company, United Wisconsin Insurance Company, Third Coast Insurance Company, or CompWest Insurance Company.</strong>

Lansing, USA

AF Group

<p class="p1"><strong>AF Group&rsquo;s focused and passionate team uses industry-leading best practices, analytics and resources to manage risk and minimize loss for our policyholders while strengthening businesses with our valued independent agent partners.</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>We strive to continuously increase the long-term value of our organization by outperforming our industry peers and fostering a culture of underwriting and claims excellence.</strong></p>

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Competitive Compensation and Benefits Package

Overview: Responsible for investigating all aspects of workers&rsquo; compensation claims including suspicion of fraud or abuse by agents, injured workers, employers or medical providers. Develops evidentiary facts pertinent to decisions regarding compensability, revision or discontinuation of benefits, recovery of monies from an injured worker or medical provider, adjustment of prior employer reports and possible prosecution for fraud according to relevant legal statutes. Conducts various levels of investigation that may include interviews of injured workers, employers, providers or potential witnesses, obtaining various records, testifying in court, developing detailed investigative reports and preparing cases for trial. Conducts observation, evaluation and reporting of unusual or abnormal circumstances or operations at employer&rsquo;s place of business or work site, whether or not related to the potential fraud under investigation.<br /><br /> <p><strong>WORKING CONDITIONS:</strong></p> <p>This position is subject to several demanding work conditions related to surveillance. Surveillance investigations may be considered physically demanding, and may require unusually early or late hours of work. Physical demands include moving of surveillance equipment, and employing elusive driving maneuvers to avoid detection when following a claimant. May expose employee to personal injury due to nature of work.</p>
Responsibilities: <ul> <li>Conducts investigations to determine the legitimacy of injury and claim benefits and to recoup losses based on the liability of a third party with respect to an injury or loss.</li> <li>Interviews claimants, employers, witnesses and others to obtain statements relative to the claim presented.</li> <li>Responds to calls to the telephone fraud hotline and investigates all reports or assign to other investigators, internal or external, for follow up and reporting.</li> <li>Obtains and analyzes all documents pertaining to a particular claim or complaint.</li> <li>Conducts surveillance, follows and observes claimants to establish degree of continuing disability, including recording their activities using cameras, voice recorders and other electronic equipment, when required.</li> <li>Conducts surveillance and in-depth reviews of provider activity and billing procedures.</li> <li>Prepares and submits complete written summaries of all investigative activity and results assisting Claims Teams and Legal Department in making decisions regarding compensability of claims.</li> <li>Reviews employer classes as initially reported at policy inception for inaccuracies.</li> <li>Prepares fraud cases for prosecution, when appropriate.</li> <li>Testifies in courts of law or administrative hearings regarding investigative activities and information developed.</li> <li>Conducts Third Party investigations to recoup losses based on the liability of a third party with respect to an injury or loss.</li> <li>Reports any unusual or abnormal activities or conditions at employer&rsquo;s location or work site.</li> <li>Monitors technological advances that will improve investigative or fraud outcomes and implements where appropriate.</li> <li>Identifies industry trends in workers compensation claims management related to fraud and investigations and educates Field Representatives.</li> <li>Remains current on all HIPAA changes and privacy laws that impact the AF Group workflows and communications to all appropriate parties.</li> </ul> <p><em>This description identifies the responsibilities typically associated with the performance of the job. The percentage of time in any responsibility may vary between positions. Other relevant essential functions may be required.</em></p>
Requirements: <p><strong>A. EDUCATION REQUIRED:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Associates degree in criminal justice, law enforcement, insurance, or a related field with progress towards or completion of investigative designations (i.e. WCCA, FCLA, FCLS). Combination of related education and experience may be considered in lieu of degree.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>B. EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Five years experience in law enforcement, or as an insurance claims investigator, insurance claims examiner, and/or an insurance claims adjustor, and a minimum of two years experience as an insurance fraud investigator.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>C. SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES (SKA) REQUIRED:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Ability to conduct surveillance from vehicles, and on foot, while maintaining a covert presence.</li> <li>Knowledge of the criminal justice system including the rules of evidence.</li> <li>Knowledge of the Michigan Workers Disability Compensation Act and other relevant civil and criminal laws.</li> <li>Knowledge of sources of information including court and other public records, computer databases, and state, local and federal offices</li> <li>Basic knowledge of word processing software and ability to prepare reports as needed.</li> <li>Ability to perform mathematic calculations to determine mileage, timelines, hour calculations, determining values for claims exposures or calculating losses for reporting of questionable claims.</li> <li>Excellent oral and written communication skills.</li> <li>Knowledge of legal and medical terminology.</li> <li>Basic knowledge of computers.</li> <li>Ability to proofread documents for accuracy of spelling, grammar, punctuation and format.</li> <li>Ability to conduct effective interviews with claimants, potential witnesses, and suspects.</li> <li>Ability to use surveillance and communications equipment including still and video cameras, telephones and two way radios, and dictation equipment.</li> <li>Ability to work independently.</li> <li>Must be able to travel.</li> <li>Ability to work varied hours/days, which may include weekends and holidays.</li> <li>A valid driver&rsquo;s license and good driving record.</li> <li>Ability to type 40 wpm accurately.</li> </ul> <br /> <p><strong>REQUIRED TESTING:</strong></p> <p>Basic Windows, Basic Word, Proofreading, Reading Comprehension, Math, typing 40 wpm</p>