Volume 4, No. 3 - March 2015

News You Can Use

- Updating you on what's going on

North Florida Man Arrested for Insurance Fraud After Faking Death

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced the recent arrest of Jose Lantigua and his wife Daphne Simpson of Fleming Island on seven counts of insurance fraud after it was discovered that Lantigua allegedly faked his own death in order to cash in on $9 million in life insurance policies he purchased.
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Two Fort Lauderdale Residents Arrested for PIP Fraud Following Staged Accident

The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud announced the arrests of Fort Lauderdale residents Kendrick Callins and Lashaunda Gibbs for staging an auto accident, patient brokering and personal injury protection (PIP) insurance fraud.
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Title Agent Arrested for Stealing More than $705,000

The Florida Department of Financial Services announced the recent arrest of former title agent Lana Dargai of Estero for stealing more than $705,000 in client funds intended for real estate transactions. As a result of her fraudulent actions, the underwriter for the funds was forced to cover the losses.
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Panama City Resident Pleads No Contest to Charges of Burglary and Acting as a Bail Bond Agent

The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud announced Chris Smith of Panama City pled no contest to three charges of acting as a bail bond agent without a license and one charge of burglary. He has been sentenced to 30 months in a state prison, which will be served concurrently with a previous sentence of 60 months for witness tampering in a related case led by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. He has also been ordered to pay investigative costs.
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CFO Atwater Focused on Supporting Florida’s Workforce, Streamlining Government and Fighting Fraud During 2015 Legislative Session

During the 2015 Legislative Session, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is focused on supporting Florida’s workforce, streamlining government and fighting fraud. His legislative priorities include creating a college-to-career pathway for Florida’s insurance professionals and expanding the state’s unclaimed property program.
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Alachua County Man Arrested for Grand Theft and Unlicensed Bail Bonds Activity

The Florida Department of Financial Services announced the arrest of 33-year-old Tyrone Johnson for grand theft of a vehicle and unlicensed bail bonds activity. An investigation by the Department‘s Division of Insurance Fraud found that Johnson was acting as a bail bond agent despite having his license revoked following an arrest for aggravated assault in 2011. Johnson is also accused of illegally confiscating the vehicle of a client that was used for collateral.
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