Volume 6, No. 6 - June 2017

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- Updating you on what's going on

Miami Insurance Agent Arrested for Stealing Nearly $25,000

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundl announced the recent arrest of Miami insurance agent Diomari Diaz after she allegedly stole insurance premium payments from a South Florida client and provided him with fake proof of insurance documents. She is also accused of stealing thousands in escrow funds from the Florida Trust Insurance Agency account. In total, Diaz misappropriated nearly $25,000, and insurance fraud investigators have reason to believe that additional individuals may have fallen victim to Diaz’s scams.

A client contacted the Department of Financial Services’ Bureau of Insurance Fraud after he suspected that insurance documents provided by Diaz were fake. Investigators confirmed that although the client had paid nearly $4,000 in insurance premium payments, Diaz never actually purchased policies to cover his two South Florida properties. Instead, she created fake documents and used the money for personal purposes.

Investigators later revealed that Diaz opened a corporate bank account and listed herself as the only authorized user. The account included overdraft protection and was set up to transfer funds from the company’s escrow account if overdrawn. By intentionally overdrafting the account, Diaz was able to divert more than $20,000 from the company’s escrow account, all of which was used for personal gain.

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Workers' Comp Scam Leads to Arrest of Central Florida Construction Company Owner

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced the recent arrest of Leon "Chuy" Jimenez, owner of Chuy Construction Inc. (Chuy Construction) after a fraud investigation revealed that Jimenez allegedly operated a shell construction company for the sole purposes of selling the company’s workers’ compensation certificate. A shell company conducts no significant business operations and is used as vehicle to conduct fraudulent financial scams, such a workers’ compensation fraud.

The Department of Financial Services' Bureau of Insurance Fraud received a tip from the Florida Carpenter’s Union alleging that Jimenez might be engaged in illegal activity and launched an investigation.

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Dunedin Man Sentenced in Investment Fraud Case

The Florida Office of Financial Regulation announced that Allan Michael Roth entered a guilty plea on June 12, 2017, and was sentenced to six years in prison followed by four years of probation for his role in an investment scheme where he sold unregistered securities to more than 20 victim investors. As part of the plea agreement, he made an upfront payment of $100,000 in restitution, and was ordered to pay more than $195,000 in restitution as part of his sentence.

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Orlando Area Man Arrested for Alleged $3.6 Million Investment Fraud
-Lifelong Friends Victimized in Scam-

The Florida Office of Financial Regulation announced that Justin Troy Spearman was arrested in North Carolina by the Burke County Sherriff’s Office and charged with grand theft, securities fraud, selling unregistered securities and acting as an unregistered issuer in the sale of securities. The arrest warrant was issued in Orange County, Florida.

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Tampa Man Convicted in Phony Concert Promotion Investment Scheme

The Florida Office of Financial Regulation announced that Eric Franz Peer entered a guilty plea, and was convicted for presenting a forged check in connection with the sale of a fraudulent investment offering. He served 11 months in the Hillsborough County Jail, and was ordered to pay more than $18,000 in restitution.

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