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CFO Atwater Announces Arrest of Port Charlotte Woman for Filing Fraudulent Insurance Claims

5/23/2014

Contact: Chris Cate
(850) 413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE – Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced the arrest of Nancy Amieva for filing fraudulent insurance claims after intentionally flooding her home and setting her kitchen on fire. The claims, totaling more than $70,000, were never paid when suspicions were raised about their legitimacy. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison.
 
“Our investigators are always working to uncover fraud, and I am proud of their efforts to hold this fraudster accountable for her crimes,” said CFO Atwater. “We will not tolerate selfish acts of fraud that drive up insurance rates for all Floridians.”
 
Following a tip from Amieva’s insurer, an investigation by the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud revealed that she had contacted her insurance company twice in the week prior to the incident, inquiring about her fire and theft coverage, documentation needed for lost items and how long it would take to receive a payout after a claim is made. Amieva also made inconsistent statements about the fire and events leading up to the fire and flood. She also forged documents in order to be reimbursed for being away from her home while repairs were made to her residence.
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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. 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.