Jacksonville Resident Arrested for Insurance Fraud
Contact: Ashley Carr
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud today announced the arrest of Lavanda Hatcher of Jacksonville for receiving nearly $42,000 in fraudulent medical insurance benefits. An investigation revealed that Hatcher filed 14 separate claims alleging that she and five members of her family sustained fractures or similar injuries. The treatment she claimed to have received, however, never took place.
Hatcher faces up to 10 years in prison. Her case will be prosecuted by the Office for 4th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Angela Corey.
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).