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CFO Sink Joins DFS Detectives for Insurance Fraud Arrest in Tampa

2/12/2009

CONTACT:  Nina Banister or Jayme O’Rourke
(850) 413-2842      

The arrest is part of a week-long operation seeking restitution on more than $3.5 million in insurance losses
 
TAMPA—Today, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink joined detectives from the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud for the arrest of a woman accused of forging insurance documents in order to collect more than $38,000 in school- readiness state funding. Today’s arrest is part of a week-long operation seeking more than 100 individuals from Pensacola to Miami on insurance fraud-related charges in which at least $3.5 million in insurance premiums were stolen or planned to be stolen.  As of Thursday morning, 69 arrests have been made. 
 
The charges stem from several months-long investigations by the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud, a sworn law enforcement agency responsible for the investigation of insurance fraud. Restitution will be sought in every case.
 
Robbin Broadnax, owner of Little Explorers Daycare in Plant City, forged two certificates of insurance and knowingly submitted them to Polk County School Readiness to facilitate her receipt of early education tax dollars totaling $38,328.  If a child at the daycare had been hurt, there would have been no insurance coverage to pay for injuries.  She is accused of forgery, uttering (using the forged document), and grand theft; if convicted, she could face up to 30 years in prison.
 
“Arrests like this send a strong message that we will not tolerate this costly crime in our state,” said CFO Sink. “Fraud inflicts real financial pain on families, businesses and communities.”
 
The operation has targeted nearly 110 individuals wanted on criminal charges including use of fraudulent identification to obtain employment/workers’ compensation benefits, mortgage fraud, personal injury protection insurance (PIP) fraud, and misappropriations of funds.  The arrests were organized through the division’s regional offices; charges are being prosecuted by state attorney offices in the various jurisdictions. Potential sentences could range from five years to 30 years in prison per count.
 
The majority of charges in this week’s arrests involve auto insurance fraud, from staged accidents to fraudulent Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance claims. The second-largest category of charges involves workers’ compensation fraud, including both claim fraud and employer fraud. Some of the cases involve fraudulent homeowners’ claims and insurance agents who purposefully defrauded their customers.
 
The Division of Insurance Fraud made over 800 insurance fraud-related arrests in the last fiscal year. Insurance fraud in Florida has been estimated to cost the average Florida family as much as $1,400 a year per person.  DFS investigates various forms of fraud in insurance, including health, life, auto, property and workers' compensation insurance.  Depending on the estimated loss amount, the department will pay up to $25,000 for information directly leading to an arrest and conviction.  Anyone with information about this or any other suspected insurance fraud is asked to call the department's Fraud Fighters Hotline at 1-800-378-0445 or log on to www.MyFloridaCFO.com/fraud. Complaints can be tracked online.
 
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink  oversees the department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.
 
DIF February 2009 Arrest Sweep Subject List

DIF – 69 arrests as of 11:00 AM, 02/12/2008
ARRESTS BY JACKSONVILLE FIELD OFFICE
1. Sherry D. Malloy, D.O.B. 01/24/1968
Charged with Arson & Burning to Defraud the Insurer
2. James Castle, D.O.B. 04/30/1962
Charged with Workers’ Comp. Fraud, Grand Theft and ‘Doctor Shopping’
3. Anthony Raila, D.O.B. 07/10/1965
Charged with Insurance Fraud and Forgery
4. Gonzalo Rivera-Mendel, D.O.B. 01/10/1967
Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud
5. Angela Purvis, D.O.B. 01/05/1967
Charged with Insurance Fraud
ARRESTS BY TALLAHASSEE FIELD OFFICE
6. Melisa Cain, D.O.B. 12/04/1968
Charged With Insurance Fraud and Grand Theft
ARRESTS BY PENSACOLA FIELD OFFICE
7. Robert Griffin, D.O.B. 12/10/1954
Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud
8. Clayton Eugene Palmgren, D.O.B. 09/22/1972
Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud
 
ARRESTS BY TAMPA FIELD OFFICE
9. Robin Broadnax, D.O.B. 05/22/1977
Charged with Uttering, Forgery, Grand Theft
10. Luis Alberto Duarte, D.O.B. 07/10/1973
Charged with Patient Brokering
11. Edelberto Morejon, D.O.B. 02/24/1960
Charged with Conspiracy
12. Nilda Rodriguez, D.O.B. 06/19/1972
Charged for being Unlicensed to Practice a Health Care Profession
13. Rafael Colina-Nicolau, D.O.B. 02/04/1974
Charged with Insurance Fraud
14. Shambrey Slaughter, D.O.B. 10/22/1988
Charged with Insurance Fraud
15. Roland Barton Jr. D.O.B. 10/22/1987
Charged with Insurance Fraud
16. Lewis Cameron, D.O.B. 11/22/1967
Charged with Fraudulent Motor Vehicle Insurance, Identification Card
17. Cynthia A. Bonilla, D.O.B. 11/15/1975
Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud, Grand Theft
 
ARRESTS BY ORLANDO FIELD OFFICE
18. Melanie Tola Spencer, D.O.B. 03/31/1979
Charged with Insurance Fraud
19. Jose Desravines, D.O.B. 12/22/1964
Charged with Application Fraud
20. Gislene Laurere, D.O.B. 11/28/1961
Charged with Application Fraud and Grand Theft
21. Jacqueline Stile, D.O.B. 12/15/1970
Charged with Filing a False Report, Grand Theft
22. Daniel R. Dougherty, D.O.B. 11/25/1956
Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud, Grand Theft
 
ARRESTS BY ST. PETERSBURG FIELD OFFICE
23. Brian I. Rothman, D.O.B. 01/22/1967
Charged with Official Misconduct, Theft
24. Dequan Baker, 09/10/1987
Charged with False/Fraudulent motor vehicle insurance card
25. Kenneth Reynard Brown, D.O.B. 12/08/1956
Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud, Grand Theft
 
ARRESTS BY WEST PALM BEACH FIELD OFFICE
27. Nicole Kasten, D.O.B. 04/19/1972
Charged with Insurance Fraud
28. Erwin Mejia, D.O.B. 03/30/1979
Charged with submitting a fraudulent social security card number to obtain employment
29. George Zelaya, AKA Jorge Elisee Elvir, D.O.B. 03/17/75
Charged with submitting a fraudulent social security card number to obtain employment
30. Eveline Paul, D.O.B. 07/12/1970
Charged with Insurance Fraud
31. Judner Joseph, D.O.B. 11/02/1988
Charged with Insurance Fraud, Grand Theft
32. Mimose Jerome, D.O.B. 07/25/1962
Charged with Insurance Fraud, Grand Theft 
33. Daniel Tapia Rivera, D.O.B. 11/16/1972
Charged with Insurance Fraud
34. Frantz Vibert, D.O.B. 1/12/1979
Charged with participating in a staged crash, Theft, Fraudulent Insurance Claim
35. Ricardo Mejia, D.O.B. 10/28/1984
Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud
36. Eric W. Moem, D.O.B. 07/23/1965
Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud
37. Luis O. Martinez, D.O.B. 02/15/1984
Charged with submitting a fraudulent social security card number to obtain employment
38. Mayra A. Cortes, D.O.B. 10/12/1986
Charged with submitting a fraudulent social security card number to obtain employment

ARRESTS BY FORT MYERS FIELD OFFICE

39. Manuel Feliciano, D.O.B. 03/24/1966
Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud

ARRESTS BY PLANTATION FIELD OFFICE
40. Francisco Nogareda, D.O.B. 05/28/1964
Charged with Staging an Accident, Grand Theft
41. Frank Nogareda, D.O.B. 09/15/1985
Charged with Staging an Accident, Grand Theft
42. Ana Nogareda, D.O.B. 09/07/1965
Charged with Staging an Accident, Grand Theft
43. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Charged with Staging an Accident, Grand Theft
44. Zachary Castro, D.O.B. 04/05/1987
Charged with Insurance Fraud
45. Antoine McGee, D.O.B. 08/08/1987
Charged with Insurance Fraud
46. William Baines, 01/21/1985
Charged with Insurance Fraud
47. Juan Carlos Chavez, D.O.B. 12/04/1955
Charged with Fraudulent Insurance Card, Uttering Forged Instruments, Insurance Fraud
48. Eddie Dunbar, Jr., D.O.B. 06/08/1982
Charged with Insurance Fraud
49. Ahyxza Rivera, D.O.B. 06/21/1972
Charged with Uttering a Forged Instrument
50. Geoffrey Goodyear, D.O.B. 09/16/1969
Charged with Grand Theft
 
ARRESTS BY MIAMI FIELD OFFICE
51. Jean Castellano Aman, D.O.B. 03/10/1975
Charged with Staging an Accident, Insurance Fraud and Grand Theft
52. Maibys V. Garcia, D.O.B. 08/20/1978
Charged with Staging an Accident, Insurance Fraud and Grand Theft
53. Alfonso Davila, D.O.B. 09/10/1987
Charged with Staging an Accident, Insurance Fraud and Grand Theft
54. Antonio Rodriguez, D.O.B. 10/24/1956
Charged with Staging an Accident, Insurance Fraud and Grand Theft
55. Diaren Rodriguez, D.O.B. 09/271970
Charged with Insurance Fraud and Grand Theft
56. Eduardo Torres, D.O.B. 11/22/1960
Charged with Workers Compensation Fraud
57. Gustavo Martinez, D.O.B. 09/21/1955
Charged with Workers Compensation Fraud
58. Bernard Goldstein, D.O.B. 05/28/1953
Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud
59. Hymy Maorguin, D.O.B. 08/11/1979
Charged with Workers Compensation Fraud
60. Henry Demayo, D.O.B. 12/16/1948
Charged with Grand Theft
61. James Dyson, D.O.B. 07/26/1985
Charged with Staging an Accident, Insurance Fraud and Grand Theft
62. Jonathon Dyson, D.O.B. 10/16/1987
Charged with Staging an Accident, Insurance Fraud and Grand Theft
63. Jorge Reyes, D.O.B. 08/08/1969
Charged with Insurance Fraud, Grand Theft, Organized Scheme to Defraud, and Patient Brokering
64. Waldo Gonzalez, D.O.B. 11/16/1971
Charged with Insurance Fraud, Grand Theft and Organized Scheme to Defraud
65. Mayori Garcia, D.O.B. 12/11/1986
Charged with Insurance Fraud, Grand Theft and Organized Scheme to Defraud
66. Sandra Himley, D.O.B. 05/01/1959
Charged with Insurance Fraud, Grand Theft and Organized Scheme to Defraud
67. Jose Gil Rodriguez, D.O.B. 11/12/1966
Charged with Insurance Fraud and Grand Theft
68. Antonio Basanta Gonzalez, D.O.B. 08/04/1986
Charged with Staging an Accident, Insurance Fraud and Grand Theft
69. Wesley Ohenhen, D.O.B. 10/01/1965
Charged with Workers Compensation Fraud