Dear Fellow Floridians:
Read the text of the Unclaimed
Property Auction video.
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida
Remembering September 11, 2001
On Sunday, we remember those who tragically lost their lives in the horrific
terrorist attack that happened 10 years ago and commemorate those who selflessly
faced danger to save others. We are reminded that in the face of tragedy,
terrorism and loss, America will rise from the ashes, come together as patriots
and fight for liberty and freedom.
September 11 for my video message. We will never forget.
Strike Force to Meet in Miami
WHO: Medicaid and Public Assistance Fraud Strike
WHAT: Meeting of the Medicaid and Public Assistance
Fraud Strike Force
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Office of the State Attorney, 1350 N.W. 12th
Ave., Miami FL 33136-2111
Next week, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Chair, and Attorney
Pam Bondi, Vice Chair, will hold a meeting of the Medicaid and Public Assistance
Fraud Strike Force in Miami. The 11-member Strike Force will be briefed on
federal, state and local initiatives to combat fraud, receive committee reports
and review a draft of the Strike Force’s report to the Legislature that is due
Oct. 1, 2011.
The Strike Force was created during the 2010 Legislative Session to increase
the effectiveness of programs and initiatives that work to prevent, detect and
prosecute Medicaid and public assistance fraud. CFO Atwater serves as Chair and
Attorney General Bondi serves as Vice Chair of the Strike Force.
The agenda for the Medicaid and Public Assistance Fraud Strike Force meeting
is attached. For more information about the Medicaid and Public Assistance Fraud
Strike Force or to report fraud, please visit
When Your Hurricane Deductible Applies
The first major hurricane of the season left extensive flood and wind
damage along its path. In some states, several residents and business
owners affected by the destructive force of Hurricane Irene received a
waiver from paying their hurricane deductible. While Irene may have
reached hurricane status, by the time it impacted some states it was a
tropical storm. The insurance carriers in some states voluntarily waived
the deductible, but this can vary depending on the laws of each state.
In Florida, your hurricane deductible may only be applied to damages
occurring from a named hurricane. (This can include tornado and wind damages
anywhere in the state of Florida.) The hurricane deductible applies from the
time a hurricane watch or warning is issued in any part of Florida and until 72
hours following the termination of the last hurricane watch or warning.
For more information on disaster preparation, visit
www.MyFloridaCFO.com. For more
information on deductibles and other insurance terms, visit the department’s
Arrest and Filing of Criminal Charges
State Attorney Michael McAuliffe and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater
announce the arrest and filing of criminal charges against Juliet Sherry-Ann
Smith Mahabir for the following criminal offense:
1 Count - Criminal Use of Personal Identification Information (deceased
victim) 817.568(8)(c) (1 F) – Maximum Possible Sentence: 30 Years in Prison
State Attorney Michael McAuliffe stated: “Stealing the identity of a dead
child represents an insult to those family members and friends who have
cherished memories of not just a name, but the personality, character and soul
that go with the name. In our society, we hold dear our identities because they
reflect who we are. Working with our partners like the CFO, we will pursue
criminal charges to hold accountable those who commit this egregious type of
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater stated: “It never ceases to amaze me the
lengths some people will go to steal the hard-earned money from the pockets of
honest Floridians. For someone to take advantage of the death of a child and
rack up thousands of dollars of debt in their name is reprehensible. My
department will continue to work closely with federal and state investigators to
bring such criminals to justice and protect your financial identity.”
The probable cause affidavit alleges that the defendant assumed the
including name and social security number, of a person who died at the age of 8
on May 7, 1981, in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The defendant has been living under
this identity and used it to build an entire financial history, including
gainful employment as a teller at a Palm Beach County bank. Additionally, the
defendant used this identity to purchase a home, obtain lines of credit and even
file for bankruptcy.
The case is assigned to Assistant State Attorney Ryan Kelley of the White
Collar Crime Section. The lead investigator is Detective William Hill of the
Florida Department of Financial Services with assistance from the United States
Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, in Miami, Florida.