Volume 6, No. 2 - February 2017

News You Can Use

- Updating you on what's going on

**Consumer Alert** Check Scam Involving Florida's Department of Financial Services

The Florida Department of Financial Services has recently become aware of a scam in which consumers receive fraudulent checks that are made to appear as if they have been issued by the Department. In some cases, checks appear to be signed with a forged signature of Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. These fraudulent checks have been received and reported by consumers who were not expecting to receive funds from the Department.

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Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation Launches Online Employer Coverage Assistance Program

To assist Florida business owners with obtaining workers’ compensation coverage to protect their employees from the detrimental impacts of on-the-job injuries, the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation has launched an online insurance company database called the Coverage Assistance Program (CAP). This new database allows employers to easily search for insurance companies that are actively offering workers’ compensation policies for their industry type.

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CONSUMER ALERT: Florida NFIP Policyholders Have 60 More Days to File A Proof of Loss Associated with Hurricane Matthew Claims; Proof of Loss Extension Associated with Hurricane Hermine Claims Has Expired

At the request of Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted another extension giving National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders in Florida an additional 60 days to file a complete, signed, and sworn proof of loss in support of their insurance claim for flooding damages associated with Hurricane Matthew. Typically, NFIP policyholders have 60 days to file a proof of loss with their insurance company following the initial date of loss. With this latest extension, Florida NFIP policyholders will have received a total of 180 days to file a proof of loss for damage caused by Hurricane Matthew.

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Former Associate Pastor Convicted of Investment Fraud

The Florida Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) announced that Wesley Alan Brown was found guilty of 19 felony charges, including organized scheme to defraud, for his role in an investment scam. Brown faces up to five years in prison for each felony conviction, and up to 30 years in prison for the organized scheme to defraud conviction. He was remanded into the custody of the Flagler County Jail to await sentencing

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