CFO Atwater Calls for Your Help in Ongoing Search for ‘Most Wanted’ Insurance Fraud Fugitives
Contact: Alexis Lambert
TALLAHASSEE—Continuing his effort to crack down on insurance fraud, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is calling for all Floridians to be on the lookout for Florida’s “Most Wanted” insurance fraud suspects. CFO Atwater is asking Floridians to visit his website, www.myfloridacfo.com/pressoffice/mostwanted, to learn more about suspects sought by the CFO’s Division of Insurance Fraud or State Fire Marshal on charges ranging from fraud to arson.
“We must remain diligent in our fight against insurance fraud that costs the average Florida family between $400 and $700 a year in increased premiums,” said CFO Jeff Atwater. “These scam artists are still on the streets, and I need your help to bring them to justice before someone you know becomes their next victim.”
CFO Atwater wants your help in locating:
• Rosa Bajdor—An unlicensed insurance agent, Bajdor issued as many as 200 fictitious policies, leaving consumers who thought they had insurance coverage vulnerable to financial loss. Bajdor was arrested in July 2005 by the Division of Insurance Fraud but failed to appear for her court date. A warrant was issued for her arrest, and she has been at large ever since.
• Ruddy J. Antenor—Antenor organized five staged motor vehicle crashes in an organized scheme to defraud insurance companies through filing fraudulent personal injury protection claims, totaling more than $50,000. Antenor’s crimes and this kind of fraud cost all honest Floridians more than $1 billion a year in increased auto insurance premiums. He is wanted for the following crimes: scheme to defraud, grand theft, counts of false and fraudulent insurance claim (intentional motor vehicle crash), and five counts of false fraudulent insurance claims.
• Ricardo Temix—Temix committed workers’ compensation fraud by providing a fraudulent Social Security number as proof of identification for the purpose of obtaining employment and obtaining workers’ compensation benefits. Mr. Temix received more than $12,500 in fraudulent benefits and medical expenses by using the Social Security number of a deceased victim.
Crimes like these drive up insurance premiums for all Floridians and often involve some kind of identity theft.
CFO Atwater is committed to pursuing fraudsters who are on the run. Just last week, Han Vy Nguyen, wanted since May 2010, was arrested in Tampa. Nguyen was wanted for two counts of wire fraud totaling more than $228,000. Nguyen along with his coconspirator Bich-Thuy Ngoc Bach, who was arrested in September 2010, obtained funds from multiple investors with a promise of financial returns on their investment of up to 1,000 percent. Nguyen’s banking history revealed funds in excess of $2.9 million associated with multiple wire fraud transactions and investments connected to a large Ponzi scheme that ripped off innocent investors trying to plan for their futures.
Anyone with information about these or any other incidents of suspected insurance fraud is asked to call 1-800-378-0445. Individuals who provide tips can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $25,000 for information that directly leads to an arrest and conviction in an insurance fraud scheme. The Department of Financial Services to date has awarded almost $250,000 to approximately 40 citizens as part of its Anti-Fraud Reward Program.
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official and officer of the Florida Cabinet, oversees the Department of Financial Services including the Division of Insurance Fraud. 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 spending.