The Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority (IFPA) and the Pennsylvania Chapters of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) have recognized the efforts of two individuals with annual Fraud Fighter Awards for their roles in the investigation and prosecution of insurance fraud cases across Pennsylvania.
The Lifetime Achievement Award and Investigator of the Year Award were presented by IFPA Executive Director Christopher Sloan at the IFPA’s annual statewide conference, held April 27-28 at Kalahari Resort & Conventions in Pocono Manor, PA. Now in its 12th year, the 2023 Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Conference drew nearly 350 attendees, 21 expert presenters and 19 vendors for two days of education and networking.
Tom Cesario was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his remarkable dedication to insurance fraud investigation, training and leadership in the industry. Like many insurance fraud professionals, Cesario began his career in law enforcement with the Connellsville Police Department in 2002. After 23 years of service, he retired as a Detective Lieutenant and pursued a new career as an insurance fraud investigator in the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) at Harleysville Insurance and later Nationwide Insurance.
“Tom Cesario has always been a strong advocate for IASIU and SIU members throughout the commonwealth,” said Sloan. “He embraced the role as a leader, mentor and friend to many people and has selflessly volunteered his time to grow and advance our industry.”
Detective Keith Cecotti was recognized with the Investigator of the Year Award for his dedication to investigating and fighting insurance fraud in 2022 and throughout his career. He currently serves as a detective with the Allegheny County Police Department in the Insurance Fraud Unit. Cecotti has had over 220 insurance fraud arrests since 2016. “Detective Cecotti has done an outstanding job. He is a top performer in conducting insurance fraud investigations and arrests in Pennsylvania,” said Sloan. “He opened 79 investigations, which led to 34 arrests in 2022 alone.”