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Indian River Couple Arrested on Charges of Insurance Fraud and Grand Theft

4/4/2007

CONTACT:  Nina Banister or Brannon Jordan
                 (850) 413-2832    
 
VERO BEACH– Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink announced today the arrests of an Indian River couple on charges of insurance fraud and grand theft for allegedly providing false mold laboratory test results to customers of their mold remediation company.
 
Lisa Lynn Bock, 42, and her husband Patrick John Bock, 43, of Vero Beach, were arrested today following an investigation by the Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF).  They were booked into the Indian River County Jail with bond set at $10,000 and $25,000, respectively.  If convicted on the charges filed against them, Lisa Bock faces up to five years in prison and Patrick Bock up to 20 years in prison.  Both also face possible fines and restitution. 
 
“This couple took advantage of Floridians seeking to make their homes a safer and healthier place for themselves and their families to live,” said CFO Sink.  “I commend our investigators for bringing these individuals to answer for their actions.”
 
The investigation was initiated when Travelers of Florida Insurance Company received a bill for $2,987 from Registry Service.  Before remitting payment, Travelers requested records from a lab company to confirm that the lab had prepared the report for Registry Services.  Upon review, the laboratory company said the report submitted by Registry Services was fraudulent and alleged that they may have submitted other fraudulent laboratory reports.
 
DIF then found other homeowners in Vero Beach who had been customers of Registry Services.  All totaled, the Bocks are suspected to have obtained $15,569 from their fraudulent mold remediation services.  The lead agent in DIF’s investigation is Detective Anne R. Erwin.  Anyone who suspects they may be a victim of this scheme should contact Det. Erwin at (561) 837-5668.  
 
The Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud, investigates various forms of fraud in insurance, including health, life, auto, property and workers' compensation insurance.  Anyone with information about this or any other suspected fraud case is asked to call the department's Fraud Fighters Hotline at 1-800-378-0445.  A reward of up to $25,000 may be offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.