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Claim Guy

I filed a stolen car claim.  car was found and totaled, 2002
sebring $2500 value. Geico sent me a EUO letter and suspects my claim is false, if I drop the claim what are the consequences from geico.  

will they try to legally prosecute me?  will they drop me or
raise my rates?

if i drop the claim does that cancel the EUO meeting?


1.  what are these Geico euo examinations like?

2.   should i hire an attorney, i'm not that good at being
    questioned by people.  i think its an anxious setting.

    whats your experience?  Im 69, disabled veteran and i
    dont need the stress.  im in florida and the eou meeting
    is Jan 14, 2016.

    thanks for your time and advice.  Merry Christmas !  joe

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If you drop the claim, they cannot make you attend an EUO.  The policy requires that you cooperate with their investigation and submit to the EUO as part of the claim process only.  Refusal to cooperate could result in denial of the claim.

The EUO process is almost the same as a deposition.  A court reporter records everything that is said on a transcript.  You are sworn in to tell the truth, like testifying in court.  They will ask a lot of questions about your finances and what happened the day of the theft.  If you attend, try to relax as much as possible and just tell the truth.  if you do not know something for certain, say that.  Only say things you are sure of, because you don't want to make a mistake by guessing as that could be used against you later.

Geico cannot prosecute you.  However, if they have good faith reason to conclude you committed fraud, they would be obligated to report this to law enforcement.  Attending the EUO might or might not affect this, depending on the curcumstances.

I'm not sure whether this would affect your rates or possible cancellation.  Depends on what evidence they have or don't have.  If you are innocent there should be nothing to worry about.

Do you need a lawyer?  That is a personal decision.  Depends on the circumstances, why they are suspicious, and what evidence is involved.

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I am currently an Auto Claims Manager for a large insurance company. I have 20 years experience in the industry, having worked as a Claims Adjuster, Injury Settlement Negotiator, Claims Manager, SIU/Fraud Investigator, and Compliance Officer......I can answer questions related to any aspect of Automobile insurance claims and coverages. I can provide an inside look at how insurers operate. I always treat my customers fairly and want to help make sure you are treated fairly. However, please keep in mind that being treated fairly according to the law does not guarantee that you will get what you want. I can also answer some questions regarding Homeowner's and other types of insurance claims. I have handled all types of auto insurance claims and coverages. I am NOT an automotive repair expert but can give advice re how insurers handle complex repair issues. Please keep in mind that every state has its own set of laws pertaining to rules of the road, liability, and insurance. No one is an expert on every state. I am most familiar with laws in Maryland, DC, West Virginia, and Virginia, but will attempt to answer questions for other states. I am not an attorney an cannot provide legal advice. My advice will be my opinion based on my experience.

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I am currently an Auto Claims Manager for a large insurance company. I have 20 years experience in the industry, having worked as a Claims Adjuster, Injury Settlement Negotiator, Claims Manager, SIU/Fraud Investigator, and Compliance Officer. I am not an attorney an cannot provide legal advice. My advice will be my opinion based on my experience.

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CPCU Society. Adjusters license in multiple states. International Association of Specal Investigators

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I have a B.S. in Finance and have completed the AIC and CPCU designations.

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