FOR INSURANCE FRAUD, ALTERING DEATH CERTIFICATE
Tampa woman was arrested Friday for the second
time since 2003 for allegedly filing a
fraudulent insurance claim and altering a death
certificate, this time to collect on a $20,000
life insurance policy she took out on herself.
Jean Rodriguez Fontalvo faces up to 25 years in
prison if convicted on the charges stemming from
an investigation by the Department of Financial
Services, Division of Insurance Fraud.
“I commend the investigators in this case for
preventing this woman from carrying out her
scheme a second time,” said Florida’s Chief
Financial Officer Tom Gallagher, who oversees
the department. “We are sending a clear message
that we will not tolerate abuse of our citizens,
and fraud steals from our citizens.”
Investigators said the woman took out the life
insurance policy in 2005 under the name Jean
Rodriguez, then early this year, claiming to be
her sister Jean Fontalvo, tried to collect on
the policy by altering a death certificate with
the name Jean Rodriquez.
Investigators say that Fontalvo has no sister by
the name of Jean Fontalvo.
The same fraud detective who made Friday’s
arrest conducted the investigation that led to
Fontalvo’s arrest and conviction in 2003 for the
same thing – only the first time Fontalvo
received $15,000 from a life insurance policy
after claiming her still-living husband had
died. She served two years in prison and had
been out of jail for about four months when she
allegedly tried to repeat the scheme.
Fontalvo was released from the Orient Road Jail
on Friday after posting bond. Bail was set at
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 or another possible fraud scheme should
call the department's Fraud Fighters Hotline at
1-800-378-0445. A reward of up to $25,000 may be
offered for information leading to a conviction.