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Division Director

Simon J. Blank

Assistant Director

Jack Kelley


Insurance Fraud
200 East Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0318
Contact Us At:
(850) 413-3115
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From Director Simon Blank: It gives me great pleasure to announce that two of DIF’s finest detectives were nominated for the State Law Enforcement Chiefs (SLECA) Association Officer of the Year Award Ceremony held last week at the Florida Institute of Public Safety in Tallahassee. Their dedication and commitment to DIF’s mission is unsurpassed. Please join me in extending a “job well done!” to Detective Tommy Clark who was nominated for Investigator of the Year, and to Detective Dwight Murphy who was nominated for the Leadership Award.

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 Marshalls 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.

 

 

 

 

 

ABC NightlineOn October 23, 2013, the Division of Insurance Fraud was featured in a story on ABC's Nightline about our fight against PIP Fraud. Click the image to view the story and video.

 

 

 

Smith and NICB Teach FHP AcademyOn August 27, 2013 NICB Special Agent Herb Price and DFS Captain Steve Smith provided staged accident and insurance fraud training at the FHP training academy.

The Division of Insurance Fraud continues to work closely with our partners at NICB and FHP to affectively investigate and prosecute all insurance fraud.

 

LGreen PromotionIt is with great pleasure that I announce the promotion of Laquanda Green to Lieutenant over the Orlando PIP 2 Squad.

Laquanda began her career in law enforcement in 1997 with Orange County Corrections and later to a Deputy working in patrol with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Florida. She continued her career as state law enforcement officer for the Department of Motor Carrier Compliance, working as a compliance review officer, commercial motor vehicle homicide investigator, and an officer on radiological nuclear team and the hazardous materials team.

In May of 2008, Laquanda joined the Division of Insurance Fraud and has served as a Lead Detective in the Orlando PIP 2 squad since August of 2010. 

Please join me in congratulating Lt. Green for her achievement.

 

JSavino PromotionIt is with great pleasure that I announce the promotion of John Savino to Lieutenant over the Orlando PIP 3 Squad.

John began his law enforcement career in 1982 with the New York City Police Department.  He served as a patrol officer, narcotics investigator and was promoted to Detective in 1989.  John spent eighteen years investigating reports of sexual assaults and child abuse while assigned to the Manhattan Special Victims Squad, and was promoted to the prestigious rank of 1st Grade Detective. During John’s time with the Special Victims Squad, he investigated thousands of reports of rape and sexual assaults and have been lead investigator for many successful serial rape and pattern sexual assault investigations.  He was tasked with rewriting the policy used by NYPD when investigating sexual assaults and co-authored two text books detailing the best investigative techniques for rape investigations and other serious crimes. In September of 2001, after the World Trade Center Tragedy, John along with an elite group of Detectives were assigned to the New York City Morgue for several months and tasked with attempting to identify the victims of the World Trade Center Disaster. 

After twenty-five years with NYPD, John retired and joined the Division of Insurance Fraud in 2008.  In 2011, John was assigned to a Federal Health Care Task Force for the Middle District of Florida, before becoming a Lead Detective for the newly formed PIP Squad in the Orlando Field Office.  

Please join me in congratulating Lt. Savino for his achievement.