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Division Director

Simon J. Blank

Assistant Director

Timothy Cannon


Insurance Fraud
200 East Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0318
Contact Us At:
(850) 413-3115
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June, 2014: From Director Blank - I am pleased to announce that Missael Diaz has been promoted to Lieutenant of the Miami PIP Squad #4, in the South Region.

DiazM_Promotion-June2014Missael is a career law enforcement veteran with over 17 years of experience. Prior to joining the Division of insurance Fraud, Missael served for both the Florida Highway Patrol and the Miami-Dade Police Department. In 2001, Missael began his career with the Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud, as a detective assigned to the Miami General Fraud squad and in 2004 he moved to PIP squad #3 in Miami. In 2006 Missael was appointed to the position of Lead Detective and became a certified Field Training Officer for the Division in 2007. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Thomas University, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

I value the dedication and contributions of each of you and am especially pleased to watch someone meet the challenges presented and grow into greater responsibilities.

Please join me in congratulating Lieutenant Missael Diaz on his new position.

 

March 2014: I am pleased to announce that Rafael Delgado has been promoted to Captain of the South Central Region. Rafael was selected through a competitive promotional process and assumes the appointment of Captain effective April 2, 2014. He has been with the division since 2005.

Delgado_Promotion_March2014Rafael is a career law enforcement veteran with over 30 years of experience. Prior to joining the Division of insurance Fraud, Rafael served 21 years with New York City Police Department. During his career at NYPD, he served in Uniformed Patrol, Organize Crime Control Bureau, Detective Bureau and an FBI Task Force Unit retiring in 2002 as a Sergeant over detectives. Rafael moved to South Florida in 2005 and began his career with the Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud, as a detective assigned to the Miami Field Office. Rafael worked in the general fraud squad and personal injury protection squad while assigned to the Miami Field Office. He was promoted to lead detective within the PIP squad in August 2011. In March of 2012, Rafael was promoted to lieutenant and assigned as the supervisor of the Miami worker compensation squad. In September 2012 Rafael was assigned to manage the third PIP squad in Miami.

I value the dedication and contributions of each of you and am especially pleased to watch someone meet the challenges presented and grow into greater responsibilities.

Please join me in congratulating Captain Rafael Delgado on his new position.

 

February, 2014 - State Law Enforcement Chief's Association (SLECA) Officer of the Year Awards:

SLECA - ClarkDet. Tommy Clark – Investigator of the Year:
Det. Tommy Clark started with the division in 1994. He is able to quickly assess cases and know exactly what resources are needed for their investigation. Although his area of expertise is workers, compensation fraud, he didn’t hesitate to work a complex PIP fraud case and a Ponzi Scheme case with the same tenacity and determination he has always exhibited. Tommy decided to partner with the FBI and was able to successfully accuse and arrests eight subjects charged with both state and federal charges in the PIP fraud case. Tommy also worked with the FBI on the Ponzi Scheme worth $4 million with the subject being arrested and charged in federal court with twenty counts of wire and mail fraud. In addition to both significant cases, Tommy worked numerous other cases resulting in ten arrests and seeking restitution in excess of $700,000.00. To date, four have been convicted and over $200,000 in restitution has been ordered.


SLECA - MurphyDet. Dwight Murphy – Leadership Award:
Det. Dwight Murphy started with the division in 2008. Dwight has shown his leadership qualities and abilities during a long term investigation in which he coordinated with and obtained the assistance of many sources including local, state and federal agencies, as well as multiple DIF offices. Using the assets available to him, Dwight had the FBI Technical Support Unit (TSU) install pole cameras on five suspect clinics resulting in many hours of valuable video. He utilized and coordinated a confidential informant registered with the FBI who participated in and recorded a staged accident. Through communication and coordination, Dwight determined that the suspects who had fled the area had relocated to another state and opened a PIP Clinic. Using Pen Register Orders for the suspect’s cell phones, he contacted the US Marshals Service for assistance who arrested two suspects in Houston. Dwight’s efforts have led to 75 arrests related to this case and 11 warrants issued for suspects at large. To date, a total of 38 convictions have been obtained resulting in court ordered restitution of $128,864.89, investigative costs of $14,357.25 and fines of $38,600.00 to the Insurance Regulatory Trust Fund.

 

CBS4 Miami Operation Leaky PipesThe Division of Insurance Fraud arrests twelve for $140,000 in fraudulent homeowners insurance claims in Operation Leaky Pipes. Click the image to view the story and video.