Claim Investigation and Fraudulent Claims

Every claim filed will be investigated to determine that a crime was committed that resulted in physical injury or death and that the victim did not contribute to his or her injuries or sustain the injuries while engaged in illegal activity.

The crime must have been reported to law enforcement within 72 hours, unless good cause is shown and the victim (or the victim's legal representative) cooperated with all law enforcement agencies. Verification will be made that all requirements for receipt of an award have been or are being met.

If a false claim is deliberately filed the claimant will be subject to prosecution, the claim will be denied, and the claimant will have to repay any money awarded.