Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced that fraud-fighting efforts led by the Department of Financial Services took 322 law-breaking fraudsters off the streets during the first quarter of 2017. The Department’s anti-fraud efforts focus on the areas of public assistance and insurance fraud, arson, and the theft or abuse of state funds.
“Fraud of any form drives up costs for all Floridians, and I’m proud of the work we’ve done to hold the line on fraud in our state,” said CFO Atwater. “Our efforts are amplified by the partnerships we’ve forged with local law enforcement agencies, and I hope these results send a shockwave to other would-be criminals that they should think twice before committing a crime.”
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced 14 arrests following a year-long investigation led by insurance fraud investigators with the Department of Financial Services. Investigators uncovered an alleged fraud scheme in which an assisted living facility (ALF) in Miami intentionally misrepresented its business activities in an attempt to obtain an inadequate but cheaper insurance policy. When an insurance policy is knowingly secured under false pretenses, the insurance carrier oftentimes reserves the right to deny claims for loss or injury.
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced that assistance provided to Floridians by insurance specialists working Florida’s insurance consumer helpline led to the recovery of nearly $8.1 million in the first quarter of 2017. Recoveries included insurance claim payments and premium refunds that consumers sought the Department of Financial Services’ help collecting.