Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Investigative and Forensic Services (DIFS) today announced the recent arrest of Elso J. Macias, owner of Puertos Enterprises Inc. in Miami. Macias allegedly orchestrated a fraud scheme by providing false and misleading information during his application for workers’ compensation insurance and by grossly underreporting the company’s total payroll amount. As a result, Macias illegally avoided more than $400,000 in workers’ compensation insurance premiums, leaving his employees at risk of covering health and lost wage costs associated with on-the-job injuries.
As the potential impact of the Atlantic storm known as Invest 99-L becomes more apparent, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is urging residents to prepare by stocking up on storm supplies such as bottled water and batteries, reviewing or creating an evacuation plan and locating all important insurance and financial documents. With current concerns about the spread of the Zika virus, Floridians and visitors are encouraged to include mosquito repellent among their preparedness supplies due to the increased likelihood of standing water as a result of the storm.
The Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF) today announced the recent arrests of Christian Ponce, Nelson Vargas Mercado, Luz Rosario-Escudero and a Jacksonville Blue Cross Blue Shield employee, Janelle Denise Lundy, for their alleged involvement in a personal injury protection (PIP) scheme that defrauded numerous insurance companies for a combined total of at least $45,000. Two participants, Damaris Garcia Sanchez and Jacqueline Santiago, still remain at large.