Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced that the Florida Department of Financial Services helped recover more than $253 million for Floridians during 2013. The recoveries were made possible by investigative and consumer-driven efforts led by the divisions of Agent and Agency Services and Consumer Services, along with the Bureau of Unclaimed Property.
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today applauded the three Florida State Fire Marshal officers and investigators who were recognized this week for their excellence and commitment to service at the State Law Enforcement Chiefs’ Association’s 2013 Officer/Investigator of the Year ceremony. Captain Janet Hartman was awarded the association’s leadership award and Lieutenant David O’Dell was named Investigator of the Year. Lieutenant Karl Morgan also received a nomination for the Outstanding Law Enforcement Trainer award.
CFO Jeff Atwater today announced the arrests of 14 individuals following a joint investigation between the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Arson Unit. “Operation Flames and Floods,” as it was termed upon its inception in November 2012, exposed an extensive scheme to defraud several insurance companies by staging fire and water damage claims to residential homes in Miami-Dade County, Lehigh Acres and Naples. The losses exceeded several million dollars after 13 homes were set on fire and five more reported extensive water damage.
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Florida's first-ever insurance consumer advocate is headed back to the post he inaugurated nearly 25 years ago. For the third time, Steve Burgess, 65, will become Florida's insurance watchdog, state CFO Jeff Atwater said Tuesday.
Get the smelling salts: A Florida property insurer is asking for a 9.3 percent rate cut. Consumer advocates are applauding but wondering why more insurers can’t do the same thing.
Eleven days ago, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater asked a question that is on many Floridians’ minds: When will the cost of property insurance start coming down?