Volume 1 Number 47
November 22, 2004










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PASCO COUNTY MAN ACCUSED OF FILING FALSE INSURANCE CLAIMS

 A Pasco County man is charged with insurance fraud, grand theft and filing a false police report after he told investigators that he was mistaken when he reported a car and household belongings stolen when they had been shipped to Hawaii, and that another car had not been stolen but repossessed.

Arthur Koenig, of 7221 Auburn Lane, was arrested Monday by investigators with the Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud, and booked into the Land o’ Lakes County Jail on a bond of $70,500.  

“Insurance fraud drives up the cost of insurance and makes it harder for honest people to get the coverage they need for their families, their homes and their businesses,” said Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher, who oversees the Department of Financial Services.  “Insurance fraud is a serious crime, and the department treats it as such.” 

Koenig called Liberty Mutual Insurance Company on May 4 and said that his 2002 Cadillac had been stolen from the parking lot of the Gulf View Mall on April 15. Investigators determined, however, that the Koenigs had contracted with All Star Movers of New Port Richey to pack household items and a 2002 Cadillac for shipment to Hawaii.  Koenig also reported a Corvette had been stolen from the home, but a neighbor stated that the Corvette had been towed from the driveway. 

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, and the Special Investigation Unit of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company assisted with the investigation.   

The Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud, investigates various forms of fraud in insurance, including health, life, auto, property and workers' compensation insurance.  Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the department's Fraud Busters Hotline at 1-800-378-0445.

The skyline for November is beautiful downtown Lakeland in Polk County.