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10 Arrests Made in Florida Unlicensed Contractor, Workers’ Comp Fraud Sting

Ten individuals have been arrested in a three-day unlicensed contracting and workers’ compensation fraud sting in Pinellas County, Fla., according to a statement from Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis. The joint operation between fraud detectives with the Florida Department of Financial …

Florida Teacher Accused of Staging Accident in $15K Insurance Fraud Scheme

A Florida elementary school teacher was arrested on multiple felony charges including insurance fraud and organized scheme to defraud for allegedly staging a fake car accident in a local Publix parking lot, according to a statement from Florida CFO Jimmy …

FCC: Wireless Carriers Were Ill-Prepared for Hurricane Michael Outages

A Federal Communications Commission report says wireless carriers’ poor preparation and coordination lengthened communication outages in the Florida Panhandle after Hurricane Michael. The Panama City News Herald reports that the FCC report made several recommendations for improvement in the future, …

‘Operation Rubicon’ Nets 9 Arrests in $600K Florida Insurance Fraud Scheme

Nine individuals and business owners have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a large-scale organized scheme to defraud insurance companies out of more than $600,000 in fraudulent insurance claims, according to a statement from Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis. The …

Florida Officials Call on U.S. Lawmakers to Pass Hurricane Michael Aid Package

A bipartisan group of Florida Cabinet members and state lawmakers is demanding that U.S. lawmakers pass a disaster-relief package for Hurricane Michael victims. Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and lawmakers said Thursday …

Florida Contractor Accused of $40K AOB Insurance Fraud Scheme

A restoration contracting company owner was arrested this month in Florida for allegedly stealing more than $40,000 from consumers who assigned their insurance benefits to him through assignment of benefits (AOB) contracts, according to a statement from Florida CFO Jimmy …

Florida Serial Arsonist Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

A serial arsonist in Florida was sentenced last month to 18 years in prison and 12 years of probation for two counts of arson to an occupied dwelling and one count of arson to a motorcycle, according to a statement …

Florida CFO: More Than $40M Recovered for Insurance Consumers in 2018

More than $40.5 million was recovered for Florida insurance consumers in 2018, including $17.4 million recovered for Hurricane Michael victims, by the state’s Insurance Consumer Helpline, according to a statement from Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis. Patronis said the Florida Department …

Florida Insurance Agent Arrested in $16K Commission Fraud Scheme

A licensed insurance agent out of Orlando, Fla., was arrested this month for allegedly submitting fraudulent insurance applications to multiple carriers, according to a statement from Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis. Sheila De Lima Torres Tecchio with Enterprise Insurance Agency, Inc. …

Florida Regulator Calls on Insurers to Handle Hurricane Michael Claims

Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier is urging Florida insurers to close the more than 42,000 Hurricane Michael claims that remain open nearly three months after the storm. In a Dec. 19 memorandum to all property and casualty insurers authorized to …