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Two Fort Lauderdale Residents Arrested for PIP Fraud Following Staged Accident

3/19/2015

Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413-2842
 
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud today announced the arrests of Fort Lauderdale residents Kendrick Callins and Lashaunda Gibbs for staging an auto accident, patient brokering and personal injury protection (PIP) insurance fraud.
 
An investigation by the Division of Insurance Fraud, in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Broward County Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, revealed that Callins and Gibbs organized and participated in a staged accident that occurred on September 22, 2012, in Fort Lauderdale. The accident involved participants, recruited by Callins and Gibbs, who intentionally drove a rented U-Haul truck into a passenger vehicle occupied by Callins and Gibbs. Fraudulent insurance claims were subsequently submitted to insurers who paid the claims.
 
Callins and Gibb each face a maximum sentence of 25 years. The case will be prosecuted by the office of 17th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Michael J. Satz.
 
Anyone with information about suspected insurance fraud is asked to call 1-800-378-0445. Citizens who provide tips can remain anonymous. The Department of Financial Services has awarded $365,000 to 63 citizens as part of its Anti-Fraud Reward Program. The program rewards individuals up to $25,000 for information that directly leads to an arrest and conviction in an insurance fraud scheme.
 
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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. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS)