Zicko, Valerie A. Link Analysis, An Introduction For Insurance Investigators.
Insurance Fraud Forum. New England Association of Insurance Fraud Investigators.
March 13, 1998.
Abstract: This article is an outline of the Insurance Fraud Forum
given on March 13, 1998. There are different types of analytical methods
and different cases need to be addressed on an individual basis. When link
analysis is used, the process is completed in two parts--a chart and a summary
The first step is to gather all pertinent information and collect information
from important individuals and organizations related to the case. The connections
between the important individuals and organizations should be noted. The
investigator should draw a preliminary diagram and examine it. Any possible
relationships or connections the chart reveals should become the focus of
additional data collection. All the information should be re-examined and
the final chart created. The last step is to write the summary report. This
report states the facts known, what information still needs to be learned,
the current theory of investigators, and other theories that need to be
This article provides a sample situation and hypothesis. Each step of
the link analysis process is illustrated using this hypothesis.