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CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Orlando Man on Charges of Workers’ Compensation Claim Fraud and Grand Theft

2/28/2012

Anna Alexopoulos            
(850) 413-2842

TALLAHASSEE—Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced the arrest of an Orlando man as a result of a fraudulent workers’ compensation claim.  Keith Jackson was arrested by detectives from the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud and charged with workers’ compensation fraud and grand theft after an investigation revealed that he submitted false insurance claim information regarding pre-existing conditions. Jackson falsely claimed that his injuries occurred during his employment as an Orange County corrections officer.  This claim allowed him to collect more than $115,000 in fraudulent workers’ compensation benefits.

“It is one of my missions as your CFO to root out fraud of all types,” CFO Atwater said. “Those who are looking to game the system are ultimately putting the financial burden on all of Florida’s consumers. If you bilk the system, we will find you and put you behind bars.”

On June 10, 2010 Jackson claimed to have injured his back and foot while participating in defense tactics training as an Orange County corrections officer.  Jackson’s claim was initially deemed compensable, however it was determined that Jackson made false statements and omitted material information about his medical conditions. Jackson was booked into the Orange County Jail.  If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison.

Anyone with information regarding 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.