CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Clay County Woman for Disability Insurance Fraud Scheme
Contact: Chris Cate
TALLAHASSEE – Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced the arrest of Erica Huffman, 32, of Middleburg for forging documents in support of a nearly $50,000 disability insurance fraud scheme. An investigation revealed that Huffman forged doctor’s treatment forms and medical affidavits in support of her fraudulent short term disability insurance claims.
“Insurance fraud drives up rates for all Floridians,” said CFO Atwater. “I applaud our investigators for their hard work in bringing this fraudster to justice.”
Huffman allegedly submitted 32 fraudulent reimbursement claims from December 2008 to October 2012. In order to receive payments for her claim, she forged her employer’s signature on employer verification statements and created fake supporting documents for medical care that never took place. She acquired the doctors’ names randomly on the Internet.
Huffman was released from St. Johns County Jail on November 26, 2013, on unrelated charges and was then transported to Duval County Jail. If convicted, she faces up to 30 years in prison.
Anyone with information of suspected insurance fraud is asked to call 1-800-378-0445. Citizens who provide tips can remain anonymous. The Department of Financial Services to date has awarded almost $342,000 to more than 50 citizens as part of its Anti-Fraud Reward Program. The program rewards individuals up to $25,000 for information that directly leads to an arrest and conviction in an insurance fraud scheme.
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government; reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses and providing transparency and accountability in state spending.