Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis has released a top 10 list of most wanted insurance fraud criminals and called on local communities to help with finding the individuals.
According to a statement from the Florida Department of Financial Services, each of the following individuals is wanted for various insurance-fraud related crimes:
- Anthony Fitzgerald Phillips, last known address Fullerton, Calf.: Grand Theft.
- Huberto Del Sol Puerto, last known address Hialeah/Miami, Fla.: Organized fraud ($50,000 or More), false and fraudulent insurance claims, grand theft (3rd Degree), money laundering, false statement (Jurisdiction of Department of State).
- Gabriel Sanchez, last known address Miami, Fla.: Racketeering.
- William Brenes, last known address Hillsborough County: Fraudulently presenting a false statement ($100,000 or more).
- Jose Alexis Orellana Ramos, last known address North Lauderdale, Fla.: Organized fraud ($50,000 or more), grand theft (1st Degree, $100,000 or more), workers’ compensation fraud (Over $100,000).
- Joseph J. Beckford, last known address Carrollton, Ga.: False and fraudulent insurance claim.
- Bernardo Romero-Ortiz, last known address Orlando, Fla.: Workers’ compensation fraud ($100,000 or more); organized fraud.
- Roland Terencio Delgado, last known address Coral Gables, Fla.: Racketeering, grand theft (2 Counts).
- Paul Emmanuel Pierre, last known address Orlando, Fla.: Racketeering, false and fraudulent insurance claim.
- Javier Lopez Rivero, last known address Miami, Fla.: Racketeering, grand theft, false and fraudulent insurance claims.
“Insurance fraud drives up the cost of insurance on all Florida families and businesses and the criminals behind this type of activity need to be put in jail,” said Patronis. “An aware and engaged community bolsters our fraud-fighting forces. Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime and it’s important we, as a community, protect each other from those who engage in fraudulent behavior.”
The Florida Department of Financial Services Bureau of Insurance Fraud works to investigate alleged acts of insurance fraud, including licensee, healthcare, application, vehicle, homeowners, commercial, disability, arson, and life insurance fraud. The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Fraud investigates suspected criminal violations of Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Laws and participates with multiple state agencies to prevent and prosecute unlicensed contractors, businesses employing workers without appropriate workers’ compensation coverage, employees who file false on-the-job injuries or exaggerate their injuries, and employees working other jobs while receiving workers’ compensation benefits.
Members of the community are urged to assist with fraud-fighting efforts by reporting any suspicious behavior to authorities. To report suspected insurance fraud, call 1-800-378-0445. Callers can choose to remain anonymous and callers who provide information that leads to a successful prosecution are eligible for a cash reward.
Source: Florida Department of Financial Services
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