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Local law enforcement receiving grant money

Rochester, N.Y. The state of New York is providing $4 million in grant money to 29 police departments, district attorneys offices, and other agencies to help fight the problem of motor vehicle theft and insurance fraud, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.

Motor vehicle insurance fraud is a crime that costs New Yorks consumers and insurers millions of dollars every year, Governor Cuomo said in a statement. Under the States Motor Vehicle Theft and Insurance Fraud Prevention program, we are empowering local law enforcement agencies with additional resources to combat this problem, enhancing efforts to track down those who break the law and increasing protection for our consumers.

The Motor Vehicle Theft and Insurance Fraud Prevention program is overseen by a 12-member board, and part of their responsibility is to review grant application and make the grant awards.

The grant funds will be used to target suspected motor vehicle insurance fraud and continue efforts to fight motor vehicle theft.

The Rochester Police Department, Monroe County Sheriffs Office, and the Monroe County District Attorney are all included in the offices that will receive money from the grant fund.

Rochester Police Department: $42,200
Monroe County Sheriffs Office: $31, 200
Monroe County District Attorneys Office: $125,000

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