DETECTION. INVESTIGATION. DETERRENCE
The New England Association of Insurance Fraud Investigators was founded on October 4, 1996. The organization is the result of a merger between the Massachusetts Association of Auto Theft and Arson Investigators and the Merrimack Valley Auto Theft Investigators Association.
NEAIFI is an organization that is committed to preventing insurance fraud through comprehensive investigations, utilization of shared information and professional development through education and training.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Quincy Mutual Group
Heidi Mussler, CPCU is SIU Manager for the Quincy Mutual Group. She has been in the insurance industry for over 20 years, working in various casualty claims roles until adding SIU to her job responsibilities in 2004. Along with managing the SIU, Heidi manages the GL and Litigation Departments . She is currently the Treasurer of the New England Association of the International Association of Special Investigations Units (NEIASIU)
Insurance Fraud Bureau of MA
Mary McDermott is currently employed as an Investigator with the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts. After receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Suffolk University, she began career in private investigation moving into the insurance industry as an SIU investigator for 17 years. Since 2014 she has been with the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts with a focus on Provider Fraud investigations.
Brian O’Connor, CPCU is a Field Investigator in the SIU unit at Mapfre Insurance. Brian is a graduate of Westfield State College and has earned the CPCU designation. He has been in the SIU at Mapfre since 2003, and has been employed in various claim capacities in the property & casualty industry since 1990.
Plymouth Rock Assurance
Kim is a Senior Investigator at Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Western New England College in 1996, she joined Plymouth Rock as a claim representative before transferring to SIU. She is a Certified Insurance Fraud Investigator. Kim is currently the Executive Director of the Northeast Chapter of IAATI.
National Insurance Crime Bureau
Mark joined the National Insurance Crime Bureau as a Special Agent in December of 2014. He is responsible for NICB investigative activities in Massachusetts. Prior to joining NICB Mark spent 18 years working as a Senior Investigator in the SIU for two personal lines carriers, with the last 10 years working in the Major Case Unit focusing on organized fraud rings. Prior to working in the insurance industry Mark spent 12 years as a Police Officer. He also worked as a firefighter/EMT, obtaining Career and Level 2 certifications. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and the Air Force Reserves. He has an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice, completed a certificate program from Utica College in Financial Crime Investigation, and maintains designations as a Fraud Claims Law Specialist and Certified Insurance Fraud Investigator.
Dave Moscaritolo is currently employed as a Senior Investigator with Safety Insurance Company. Dave began working for Safety 19 years ago and has been working in SIU since 2006. While working for Safety Dave earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Emmanuel College and his Fraud Claims Law Associate (FCLA) designation. Currently Dave is pursuing his Senior Claims Law Associate designation (SCLA). He has been a member of NEAIFI for over ten years and previously served on the Board.
David Brink, Esq.
David Brink is the founding shareholder of Smith & Brink, P.C. and serves as its National Litigation Manager. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner. He leads the firm’s Federal RICO, Healthcare Fraud and Insurance SIU Practice Groups. Mr. Brink’s trial practice in the State and Federal Courts encompasses a broad spectrum of insurance law cases, including: Federal RICO recovery lawsuits, arsons for profit, and fraudulent property losses. Mr. Brink has been representing insurers in SIU fraud matters for 32 years. Through the years his law firm has been counsel of record in thousands of cases involving fraud issues, including dozens of reported appellate decisions. Over the past three decades, Mr. Brink has lectured at over 30 insurance industry national seminars, including the National Insurance Crime Bureau Academy, the National Insurance Fraud Management Conference and the International Association of Insurance Fraud Investigators Conference. Mr. Brink is from Princeton, New Jersey. He is a graduate of Grove City College, (1982) (Magna Cum Laude, Presidential Scholar), and Western New England University Law School (1985). He is admitted to practice before the Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maryland bars, as well as the Federal Court for the Districts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Plymouth Rock Assurance
Derek is a Senior Investigator with Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation where he began his career in SIU in 2001 as a co-op while attending Northeastern University. He served as President of NEAIFI from 2016-2019, having previously sat on the Board of Directors. Derek current serves on the board of directors for the New England Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigations Units and is also a member of the New England Association of Auto Theft Investigators.
Law Enforcement Liaison
Rhode Island State Police
Sergeant / Section Commander for the Rhode Island State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit. ACTAR accredited.
Attorney Stadolnik has extensive experience investigating and litigating fraudulent insurance claims cases, including medical provider fraud, homeowner’s and commercial claims, theft losses, staged accidents, fire losses and rental claims. His practice, which encompasses Insurance Defense and Special Investigation, includes all phases of investigation, discovery, motion practice, alternate dispute resolution, and litigation on behalf of insurance carriers and their insureds in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Melissa currently serves as Special Investigator with the Hanover Insurance Group. She is a graduate of Westfield State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Political Science. Melissa continued her professional development by obtaining a Certificate in Professional Investigation from Boston University. She has over ten years of investigative experience. Melissa began her career as a Private Investigator primarily handling SIU cases for multiple carriers. Melissa joined Hanover Insurance as an Inside Property Adjuster and then transitioned to the SIU.