Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced today the arrest of Renell Peters, 30, of Fort Lauderdale for public assistance fraud. Peters, a former parent counselor with Family Central Inc. of Palm Beach County, falsified official records pertaining to subsidized child care services misappropriating $75,599 and received kickbacks of approximately $2,800 by doing so.
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced the 2013 Unclaimed Property Auction held on Saturday in Tampa was the second-highest-grossing auction in the 52-year history of Florida’s unclaimed property program, drawing more than 300 attendees, including 220 bidders, and raising $1.16 million for Florida’s public schools.
Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater is urging Floridians to monitor storm alerts and prepare to take steps to “Protect Your Home Base” in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Andrea, including calling the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Consumer Services for assistance with insurance claims if needed. CFO Atwater also urges consumers to be on the alert for possible scam artists, including unlicensed contractors and adjusters, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Andrea.
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The state of Florida is holding on to about $1 billion worth of unclaimed property, and a good bit of it went on the auction block in Tampa Saturday. “Regrettably after five years of trying, there are Floridians who did not know or family members heirs who did not know there were items in safety deposit boxes that were never picked up or collected,” said Jeff Atwater, Florida's Chief Financial Officer.
Emeralds, coins and baseball cards are among 76,000 items set to be auctioned off by the state of Florida in Tampa on Saturday.
The state's chief financial officer had a pointed message for local seniors: "Be vigilant." "Seniors are too trusting," Jeff Atwater said. "… Our seniors contribute greatly to Florida's economy. Many have built a nest egg that makes them targets for fraud."