Austin, TX – The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) recently announced Amy Allen as a fraud prosecutor who will work exclusively with criminal prosecutors in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office to combat insurance fraud. Texas consumers pay an estimated $200 to $300 in additional insurance premiums each year to offset the costs of insurance fraud.
TDI has partnered with local law enforcement in Dallas County since 2005. Following the successful partnership with Dallas County, TDI added prosecutors in Harris and Bexar counties. Cases assisted by TDI fraud prosecutors in all three offices have netted more than 250 criminal indictments and brought back $7.5 million in restitution to insurance fraud victims.
“Insurance fraud affects all Texans by driving up the cost of premiums they pay for insurance coverage,” Texas Insurance Commissioner Julia Rathgeber said. “Our Fraud Unit is dedicated to detecting and assisting in the prosecution of insurance fraud and it is my pleasure to welcome Amy Allen to our highly qualified team of criminal specialists.”
Allen worked previously as an assistant city attorney and community prosecutor for the City of Dallas. She has litigation experience in Dallas, Tarrant and Harris counties and worked in Washington, D.C., for an international prison ministry. She is a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas as part of the national Project Safe Neighborhood program. Allen graduated from the University of Houston – Bates School of Law in 1991 with a Juris Doctorate and earned a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University.
TDI’s Fraud Unit Special Prosecution team includes Jesse McClure (Harris County) and Nicole Thornbro (Bexar County). The team works collaboratively with the respective district attorney offices on the prosecution of insurance fraud cases.