Vero Beach Insurance Agent Arrested for Filing False Claims
Contact: Ashley Carr
VERO BEACH, Fla. – The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud today announced the arrest of Jessica Gianna for filing nine fraudulent health insurance claims between May 2012 and January 2014. Gianna filed the fraudulent claims on behalf of herself and a family member while employed at a Vero Beach insurance company.
Gianna’s position at the insurance company allowed her the opportunity to usher fraudulent claims through the process without raising suspicions. Before the insurance company’s internal investigative unit became aware of the theft and notified the Division of Insurance Fraud, Gianna secured more than $6,000 in fraudulent claims payments.
Gianna faces up to 45 years in prison. The Department’s Division of Agent & Agency Services will also seek to suspend her license. Gianna’s case will be prosecuted by the office of 19th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bruce Colton.
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 nearly $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).