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Coalition Against Insurance Fraud
International Association of Auto Theft Investigators
National Insurance Crime Bureau
Louisiana State Police

RS 22:2132

Act 711 of the 2004 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature created the Louisiana Automobile Theft and Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority (LATIFPA). LATIFPA is a public agency whose purpose is to combat motor vehicle theft, insurance fraud, and other criminal acts.

§2132.  Authority; creation, powers

A.  There is hereby created a public agency to be known as the Louisiana Automobile Theft and Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority, the purpose of which is to combat motor vehicle insurance fraud, including fraud by theft and other criminal acts.

B.  The purposes, powers and duties of the authority shall be vested in and exercised by a board of directors.

C.  The board of directors shall consist of 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, and six members to be appointed as follows: four members shall be appointed by the commissioner, including two members representing purchasers of motor vehicle insurance in this state and two members representing motor vehicle insurers doing business in this state.  Two members shall be appointed by the attorney general, both of whom shall represent law enforcement officials in this state.  The commissioner shall serve as chairperson of the authority.

D.  The members of the board of directors, except the commissioner of insurance or his designee, the state treasurer or his designee, the representative of the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud unit, and the legislative members serving on the board, shall not be considered public employees by virtue of their service on the board of directors.

E.  Members of the board shall serve without compensation for their service on the board, except that members of the board may receive reasonable reimbursement for necessary travel and expenses.

F.  A majority of the members of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at a meeting, or the exercise of a power or function of the authority.  Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, any action may be taken by the authority at a meeting upon a vote of the majority of the members present.  The authority shall meet at the call of the chairperson or as may be provided in the bylaws of the authority.  Meetings of the authority may be held anywhere within the state, and shall be open public meetings.

G.(1)  The authority shall be within the Department of Insurance.

(2)  A director and assistant director shall be selected by the board and serve at the pleasure of the commissioner of insurance, shall be considered public employees, and shall operate the daily affairs of the authority as specified herein and by the board.

(3)  The attorney general or his designee shall serve as the authority's legal counsel.

H.  The authority shall be subject to the provisions of law regarding public records (R.S. 44:1 et seq.), open meetings (R.S. 42:11 et seq.), and public bid (R.S. 38:2211 et seq.).

Acts 2004, No. 711, §1; Redesignated from R.S. 22:3202 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009.


Board of Directors

LATIFPA is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors. 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, two members representing motor vehicle insurers doing business in this state, and two members representing purchasers of motor vehicle insurance.

Warren E. Byrd, Chairman
Appointed by the Commissioner of Insurance

Willard Hamilton
Appointed by the Treasurer

State Representative Mike Huval
Appointed by Chairman of the Louisiana House Committee on Insurance

Don "Tuffy" Resweber
Appointed by the Chairman of the Louisiana Senate Committee on Insurance

David A. Clements
Appointed by the Commissioner of Insurance

Thomas C. Jeter
Appointed by the Commissioner of Insurance

Cleve Franklin
Appointed by the Commissioner of Insurance

Richard J. Hagey
Appointed by the Commissioner of Insurance

Thomas McCormick
Appointed by the Attorney General

Terrance Apple
Appointed by the Attorney General

Lt. Jeff Watts
Supervisor of the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud/Auto Theft Unit


Staff

Mr. Jeffrey Zewe
Director
Louisiana Automobile Theft and Insurance
Fraud Prevention Authority
Louisiana Department of Insurance
P.O. Box 94214
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70804-9214
jzewe@ldi.la.gov
(225)342-0819

Mr. Kevin Smith
Assistant Director
Louisiana Automobile Theft and Insurance
Fraud Prevention Authority
Louisiana Department of Insurance
P.O. Box 94214
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70804-9214
ksmith@ldi.la.gov
(225)219-0452