Volume 2 Number 3
January 17, 2005










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DFS ARRESTS TWO MORE UNLICENSED PUBLIC ADJUSTERS

State insurance fraud investigators arrested two individuals - one in Broward County and one in Orange County - for working as public adjusters without licenses.

Arthur Lambright, owner of Lambright Claims Consultants formerly located in Miramar, and Gregory Hastings, DBA Greg Hastings Designs in Orlando, are facing felony charges. The arrests are the result of investigations by the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud and the Division of Agent and Agency Services, Bureau of Investigations. State investigators have now arrested seven unlicensed public adjusters in the aftermath of the four back-to-back hurricanes last fall.

“We will not tolerate anyone taking advantage of our citizens, especially those who have already suffered so much because of the storms,” said Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher, who oversees the Department of Financial Services. “We will seek the highest penalty under the law if these individuals are convicted.”

Investigators said one of Lambright’s former clients reported that he added additional rooms to her damage claim and told her that was the way he conducts business. Lambright, 51, was arrested Wednesday on charges of working as a public adjuster without a license, insurance fraud, and grand theft. He was booked into the Broward County Jail and faces up to five years’ in prison if convicted on the charges.

The investigation against Hastings is based on information from Florida Farm Bureau Insurance and Allstate Insurance Company. The insurers reported that Hastings submitted a “retainer agreement” on behalf of homeowners, requesting a public adjuster fee of 10 percent of the claim amount, but both companies determined that Hastings was unlicensed and reported it to the department.

Hastings, 50, is charged with two counts of working as a public adjuster without a license. He was arrested Tuesday and was booked into the Orange County Jail. He also faces up to five years in prison on each charge.

To verify licensure or to file a complaint, call the Department of Financial Services at 1-800-22-STORM.

Our masthead for January is a view of the County Courthouse located downtown in beautiful Madison County, Florida.