Four Pinellas County Residents Arrested for Insurance Fraud
Contact: Ashley Carr
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud today announced the arrests of four Pinellas County residents for insurance fraud. The four men are accused of intentionally damaging two tow trucks owned by Jimmy’s Towing and Recovery and fraudulently collecting more than $40,000 in insurance payments.
On June 17, 2014, a tow truck owned by Jimmy’s Towing and Recovery was involved in an accident in Clearwater. An investigation revealed that the tow truck was driven back to Jimmy’s Towing and Recovery where it was repeatedly rammed by another truck until the tow truck was rendered inoperable. An insurance claim for the tow truck was paid to Jimmy’s Towing and Recovery and dispensed to the four suspects.
On June 20, 2014, another tow truck from Jimmy’s Towing and Recovery caught on fire. A citizen extinguished the fire and the truck was taken back to Jimmy’s Towing and Recovery where its engine was intentionally damaged beyond repair. Jimmy’s Towing and Recovery was again paid an insurance claim, which was dispensed to the four suspects.
The four suspects who face up to 15 years in prison include:
• Leonard Bosi – Dunedin, Florida
• Andrew Gentile – Palm Harbor, Florida
• Edgar Gentile – Seminole, Florida
• Matthew Gentile – Dunedin, Florida
The case will be prosecuted by the office of 6th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bernie McCabe.
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).