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In a continued effort to combat the various types of fraud seen in Florida the Department of Financial Services Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF) today announced the arrest of Roberto E. Hernandez. The Miami business owner allegedly lied to his insurer in order to avoid paying nearly $90,000 in workers’ compensation premiums.
Today, the Florida Department of Financial Services received multiple awards during the Florida Public Relations Association Capital Chapter’s annual Image Awards Ceremony. The Department received an Image Award and an overall Grand Image Award for their entry of Florida’s Bottom Line, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s quarterly newsletter that gives Floridians clear, unfiltered economic data and analysis to help them make sound financial decisions. In addition, the Department received an Award of Distinction for their Special Event entry of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Monument to Florida’s Firefighters at the Capitol.
The Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF) today announced the recent arrest of two former funeral home owners from the Tampa area, Julio Gonzalez-Roel and Lucia Gonzalez-Roel. This year-long investigation which included the combined efforts of DFS’s Division of Agents and Agency Services and the Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services revealed the couple allegedly concocted a scheme by which they sold pre-need funeral contracts to consumers and then stole the money they collected on those contracts rather than placing the funds into a pre-need trust account as Florida law mandates. A pre-need funeral contract is an arrangement in which a funeral provider accepts an advance payment in exchange for providing future funeral services to the consumer.

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