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CFO Sink Names John Askins as New Division of Insurance Fraud Director

1/13/2010

CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Jennifer Hirst, 850-413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE — Florida CFO Alex Sink today announced the appointment of John Askins as the new Director of the Division of Insurance Fraud, the accredited law enforcement Division of the Department of Financial Services responsible for investigating insurance fraud.  Askins has 30 years of experience working for the Division of Insurance Fraud, and returns to the Division effective tomorrow after retiring in 2008.
 
“I am so pleased to have someone with John’s experience and expertise coming back to lead our top-rated Division of Insurance Fraud,” said CFO Sink.  “John will be able to hit the ground running, continuing our ongoing fight to crack down on insurance fraud in Florida and protect everyday Floridians against fraud and abuse.” 
 
“It is a privilege to return to the Division of Insurance Fraud to lead such a strong team, and I thank CFO Sink for this opportunity,” said Askins.  “I look forward to continuing our strong tradition of cracking down on insurance fraud and holding these criminals who steal millions of dollars from consumers and businesses accountable.”
 
Askins will lead the Division of Insurance Fraud as it continues to vigorously investigate and arrest insurance fraud criminals throughout the state.  He will be responsible for supervising 155 sworn law enforcement officers, managers and administrators, and 48 non-sworn, civilian support staff members.   
 
John Askins began his career with the Division of Insurance Fraud in Miami just two years after the Division was established by the Legislature in 1976, and continued working fraud cases for 26 years.  In 2002, Askins was promoted to Major and moved to Tallahassee to take on a larger role supervising insurance fraud cases, finally serving as interim director.  Prior to originally joining the Division of Insurance Fraud, Askins spent four years in the United States Navy and four years working for the Miami-Dade Police Department.  He holds a Bachelor of Science from Florida International University. 
 
The Division of Insurance Fraud made over 800 insurance fraud-related arrests in the last fiscal year, and investigates various forms of insurance fraud relating to health, life, auto, property and workers’ compensation insurance policies.  Depending on the estimated loss amount, the Department of Financial Services will pay up to $25,000 for information directly leading to an arrest and conviction.  Anyone with information about suspected insurance fraud is asked to call CFO Sink’s Fraud Fighters Hotline at 1-800-378-0445 or visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com/fraud.
 
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As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services.  A successful businesswoman with nearly three decades of experience in the private sector, Sink is serving her first term as Florida's CFO.  As CFO, Sink's priorities include using her business experience to cut wasteful government spending, cracking down on financial and insurance fraud and reforming the state government's contracting practices. Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.