Miami Gardens Insurance Agent Arrested for Selling Fake Insurance Policy
Contact: Ashley Carr
MIAMI, Fla. – The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud today announced the arrest of Miami Gardens insurance agent Ulricka Filisena Lebrun on charges related to the sale of a fake insurance policy. The victim reported the case to the Department after he went months without being able to contact Lebrun and without receiving documentation pertaining to the actual insurance policy he purchased.
An investigation assisted by the Department’s Division of Agent and Agency Services revealed that no coverage was ever placed by Lebrun on behalf of the victim. Instead, she kept the victim’s down payment and cut off communication with him. Furthermore, the proof of insurance Lebrun provided to the victim listed an insurance company that discontinued offering property insurance in the U.S. after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Division of Agent and Agency Services, which licenses insurance agents in Florida, was able to arrange for the victim’s money to be returned and is seeking to suspend Lebrun’s insurance agent license.
Lebrun faces up to 15 years in prison, if convicted. The case is being prosecuted by the office of Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.
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).