Volume 2, No. 7 - November 2011

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- Updating you on what's going on

CFO Atwater Announces Legislative Agenda to Increase Transparency, Protect Consumers, Fight Fraud and Reduce Regulatory Burdens

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced that his legislative agenda for the 2012 Legislative Session will focus on four core themes: transparency in contracts and government spending; protecting consumers; fighting fraud that is increasing the cost of living for Florida's families and reducing regulatory burdens on Florida's businesses.
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CFO Atwater Announces Arrest of Senior Scammer in Annuity Fraud Scheme

Chief Financial Officer Atwater announced the arrest of Victor Edwin Ruser, Sr., 59, of Kissimmee, for allegedly scamming nine seniors between the ages of 80 and 94 out of over $650,000 in an annuity fraud scheme. Ruser was charged with multiple felony counts including exploitation of the elderly, grand theft and perpetrating a scheme to defraud.
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CFO Jeff Atwater and Governor and Call for PIP Auto Insurance Reform

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Governor Rick Scott and legislative leaders identified four issues that must be addressed in order to rein in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) auto insurance fraud and reduce insurance rates for Florida consumers.
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CFO Atwater Announces Seven Insurance Fraud Arrests in Orlando and Miami

Chief Financial Officer Atwater announced the arrests of five insurance fraud suspects for their involvement in a staged accident scheme in Orlando. Lufaite Olizia, 40, and Tracey McFarlane, 40, were charged with insurance fraud, patient brokering and intentionally staging a motor vehicle crash. Pierre Antoine Joseph, 41, Madeline Emile, 28, and Yolando Denise Roberts, 39, were also arrested for participating in the staged accident as passengers and subsequently filing fraudulent medical claims.
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CFO Atwater Announces Arrests of Four Miami Fraudsters in Staged Accident Scheme

CFO Atwater announced the arrests of four suspects in Miami for insurance fraud and faking an auto accident. Roberto Martinez, 27, Yesenia Toscano, 21, both of Hialeah Gardens, and Rafael Javier Arroyo, 19, of Hialeah were charged with multiple counts including insurance fraud, grand theft and staging an auto accident. Concepcion Olmos Valls, 53, of Miami was charged with staging an auto accident.
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CFO Atwater Announces Arrests of Five Suspects in Miami Staged Accident Scheme

CFO Atwater announced the arrests of five individuals involved in a staged accident scheme in Miami. Mario J. Chavez, 53, Robin Nelson Campanioni, Jr., 23, Jorge J. Mota, 27, Naima Basnueva Lastre, 24, all of Miami, and Eduardo Figueredo, 44, of Miami Springs were charged with insurance fraud, grand theft and staging an auto accident.
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Florida Insurance Commissioner Issues Order with Respect to NCCI's Workers' Compensation Rate Filing

Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty announced that he has advised the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) that he would approve their initial rate increase request of 8.9% to become effective January 1, 2012 for workers' compensation insurance rates in Florida based on evidence submitted in NCCI's rate filing, and during the October 11 rate hearing.
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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater's letter to legislative leaders regarding efforts to foster greater accountability and transparency in government spending

Please see the attached letter from Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater to legislative leaders regarding the status of his transparency initiatives and the implementation of legislation passed during the 2011 Legislative Session to increase transparency and accountability in government spending.
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CFO Atwater's Department Recovers More Than $17 Million for Florida Consumers

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced that the Department of Financial Services has taken part in the recovery of more than $17 million so far in 2011. Recoveries include claim payments, premium refunds and restitution for Florida consumers.
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CFO Atwater Announces Arrest of Jacksonville Man for Grand Theft

CFO Atwater announced the arrest of a Jacksonville business man for selling a surety bond without a license and pocketing the premiums. Larry James Wright, 58, director of The Underwriters Group, Inc., allegedly sold a "bid bond" to a Massachusetts construction company without a valid license and kept the premiums.
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