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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced the appointment of Sha’Ron James, a long-time voice for the people of Florida, as the state’s Insurance Consumer Advocate effective August 3. The role of Florida’s Insurance Consumer Advocate is to independently and ardently represent the needs of policyholders when insurance decisions are made. James enters the role with a history highlighted by years of dedication advocating for Floridians on insurance-related matters.
Continuing his efforts to achieve greater transparency for the people of Florida, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater recently penned the attached letter inviting state agencies to contact the Department of Financial Services for guidance when navigating the state contracting process. The letter was mailed to the head of each state agency.
The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF) today announced the arrest of insurance agent Julia Shurdom, 67, for transacting insurance related business with a suspended insurance license, scheming to defraud, and uttering a forged document while working for Absolute Insurance Services in Orlando, Florida.

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