Florida Department of Financial Services News

Florida Man Arrested After Torching Business Complex for Insurance Money

The owner of a business complex in Tallahassee, Fla., was arrested by arson investigators from the Florida Department of Financial Services on charges of arson and insurance fraud, according to CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater. Victor Herrera, owner …

Florida CFO: $8M Recovered in Q1 Through Insurance Consumer Helpline

Insurance specialists working to assist Floridians through Florida’s insurance consumer helpline recovered nearly $8.1 million in the first quarter of 2017, according to a statement from Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. Recoveries included insurance claim payments and premium refunds …

14 Arrested in Miami Assisted Living Facility Insurance Fraud Scheme

A year-long investigation led by insurance fraud investigators with the Florida Department of Financial Services has ended with 14 arrests of assisted living facility owners in the Miami area, according to a statement by Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. According …

Florida Construction Company Owner Nabbed in Workers’ Comp Fraud Scheme

The owner of a construction company in Naples, Fla., was arrested this month for an alleged workers’ comp scheme, according to an announcement from Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. Raimundo Hernandez-Argueta, owner of Naples construction company Complete Framing Professionals …

Florida Business Owner Arrested for $300K Workers’ Comp Scheme

An owner of a construction company in Orlando, Florida. is being charged with workers’ compensation premium fraud and engaging in an organized scheme to defraud, according to a statement from the Florida Department of Financial Services. Chief Financial Officer Jeff …

Two Florida Clinic Owners Charged With Defrauding Insurers

The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF) announced the arrest of two unlicensed clinic owners from Miami-Dade County. Noel Ruiz of Miami and Alberto B Franco of Hialeah were accused of being involved in a “straw …

Serial Arsonist Arrested in Florida

The Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office, which operates under the direction of the Florida Department of Financial Services and CFO Jeff Atwater, announced the arrest of Travis Michael Pierce for allegedly setting two separate structure fires at the local golf …

Florida Seeks Information on String of Jacksonville Arsons

The Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office is looking for information about a string of arsons that occurred early the morning of December 8th, 2015, in Jacksonville, Fla. Around 3:00 a.m., a porch surveillance camera captured an image of the suspect, …

Miami Agent Arrested for Operating With Expired License, Stealing Premium Funds

The Florida Division of Insurance Fraud announced the arrest of Tania Michel, 41, for failing to notify the Department of Financial Services of a federal fraud conviction, continuing to work in the insurance industry after having her license expire, and …

Florida Makes 4 Arrests in $145K PIP Fraud Scheme

The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF) announced the arrest of four South Florida arrests of individuals on charges related to their involvement in three separate personal injury protection (PIP) fraud schemes that resulted in the …