Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced the arrest of Oscar Matute, owner of Orlando construction company Matute Express General Construction Inc. Matute is alleged to have misrepresented information regarding Matute Construction’s employees and payroll when applying for a workers’ compensation policy. By doing so, Matute avoided at least $300,000 in workers’ compensation premium payments. Workers’ compensation policies protect employees in the event of an on-the-job injury and if proper policies are not in place, injured employees could face lost wages and costly medical expenses to cover.
In a continued effort to combat the various types of fraud seen in Florida the Department of Financial Services Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF) today announced the arrest of Roberto E. Hernandez. The Miami business owner allegedly lied to his insurer in order to avoid paying nearly $90,000 in workers’ compensation premiums.
Today, the Florida Department of Financial Services received multiple awards during the Florida Public Relations Association Capital Chapter’s annual Image Awards Ceremony. The Department received an Image Award and an overall Grand Image Award for their entry of Florida’s Bottom Line, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s quarterly newsletter that gives Floridians clear, unfiltered economic data and analysis to help them make sound financial decisions. In addition, the Department received an Award of Distinction for their Special Event entry of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Monument to Florida’s Firefighters at the Capitol.