Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced the arrests of attorneys, chiropractors and clinic employees involved in an organized personal injury protection (PIP) fraud scheme. The arrests, made this morning in Martin, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, follow a year-long undercover investigation by the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud.
Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater today recognized this week, October 5 to 11, 2014, as Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is “Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month,” emphasizing the lifesaving protection properly functioning residential smoke alarms can provide Floridians. In 2013, more than 50,000 fires were reported in Florida, more than half of which were accidental and possibly preventable through fire prevention practices.
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s Department of Financial Services is partnering with the Miami and Hialeah Police Departments and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office to host free financial workshops for seniors, their families and their caregivers. These workshops, called Operation S.A.F.E (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) Be Scam Smart workshops, will teach attendees how to spot a financial scam, how scams work and steps attendees can take to protect themselves.