Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) Bureau of Insurance Fraud News

Florida Police Sergeant Arrested for Filing Fraudulent Claim Over Sunken Boat

A sergeant with the Tampa Police Department has been arrested on a charge of filing a false and fraudulent insurance claim to defraud his insurance company after his 23-foot boat sank, a statement from the Florida Department of Financial Services …

4 Arrested in $230K Staged Accident Scheme in Florida

Four people in Florida have been arrested on charges of racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering for allegedly staging automobile accidents in order to file nearly $230,000 in fraudulent insurance claims, according to a statement from the Florida Department of …

Florida Business Owner Accused of Evading $200K in Workers’ Comp Premium

A Florida business owner is accused of evading paying nearly $200,000 in workers’ compensation insurance premiums over the course of a year, according to a statement from the Florida Department of Financial Services. Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced …

Florida Insurance Chief Warns of AOB Scams as Storm Gordon Lingers Over Gulf Coast

Florida’s top insurance regulator has issued a warning to residents facing damage from Tropical Storm Gordon, the first major storm to impact the state in the 2018 Hurricane Season. Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier, an outspoken critic of ongoing assignment …

Former Jacksonville Jaguar Player Arrested in $78K Insurance Fraud Scheme

Former Jacksonville Jaguars NFL player and assistant coach Marlon Tarron McCree has been arrested for insurance fraud totaling nearly $78,000, according to a statement from Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis. McCree was drafted by the and played for …

What the Florida Industry Needs to Know for the 2018 Hurricane Season

The 2018 hurricane season is officially underway, even as the dust continues to settle on the 2017 hurricane season — one of the costliest hurricane years on record — that brought devastation to Florida from Hurricane Irma. Meanwhile, the Gulf …

Florida CFO Releases List of Top 10 Most Wanted Insurance Fraudsters

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, …

Florida Disaster Fraud Team Investigation Leads to False Claim Arrest

A Florida man was arrested last month after he was caught lying to his insurance company in an attempt to file a false insurance claim for vehicle for damage allegedly caused by Hurricane Irma, according to a statement from Florida …

Miami Agency Owner Charged with Creating Fake Policies, Stealing $276K in Premiums

A Florida insurance agency owner has been arrested after being accused of submitting fake insurance applications and stealing nearly $300,000 in insurance premiums. According to a statement from Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Jose Manuel Caballero-Morlesin …

Florida to Deploy Anti-Fraud Strike Teams to Areas Hard-Hit by Irma

Anti-fraud strike teams comprised of investigators working for the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Investigative and Forensic Services will soon be deployed across the state in an effort to to protect Floridians from post-storm fraud, according to a statement …