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CFO Jimmy Patronis' Division of Investigative and Forensic Service brings to you the DIFSource. Here you will find the latest news, announcements and developments of the Division for the great State of Florida regarding acts of fraud, arson and the misuses of state funds. We are proud of the Divisions’ efforts in safeguarding Florida business and resident’s hard-earned assets. This newsletter serves to acknowledge the work that is done by our staff and to inform the public of our ongoing activities across the state.

Division of Investigative and Forensic Services Receives Accreditation Through Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation

DIFS Demonstration


On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, DIFS was formally accredited by the Commission of Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. 

The Division was formally assessed in August 14‐16, 2018, and received a flawless evaluation with no deficiencies noted. The assessors were very complimentary of the Division and made it clear in their report to the Commission that they were impressed with the quality of our staff and the work performed.  

Accreditation signifies the Division has been inspected by an independent authority and has met the specific requirements and prescribed standards meant to maintain the highest standards of professionalism in the Law Enforcement community. Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence.

We could not have achieved this milestone without the tireless efforts, commitment and dedication put forth by every member of the DIFS team.

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VOLUME 1, ISSUE 10 October 2018
Newsletter Archive

Michael Thank You


DIFS' Announcements

DIFS Would like to Recognize:

  • Detective Tom Hall on his retirement. Det. Hall has been with the Bureau of Fire, Arson & Explosives Investigations since October of 2006 serving the Ocala field office. 

  • DIFS Would like to Congratulate:

    Lieutenant Kerrian Kindsay on her promotion to Lieutenant of the Fort Lauderdale, General Fraud Squad, Bureau of Insurance Fraud.  Lt. Lindsay joined the Division in January of 2014 as a detective investigating PIP fraud.
  • Lieutenant Jonathan Patterson on his promotion to Lieutenant of the Miami, Auto Fraud Squad #2, Bureau of Insurance Fraud. Lt. Patterson joined the Division in 2015 as a detective in West Palm Beach investigating PIP fraud.
  • Lieutenant Jonathan Lent on his promotion to Lieutenant of the West Palm Beach, General Fraud Squad #2, Bureau of Insurance Fraud. Lt. Lent joined the Division in February of 2014 as a detective investigating auto fraud.
  • Lieutenant Erik Anderson on his promotion to Lieutenant of the Orlando, Auto Fraud Squad #2, Bureau of Insurance Fraud. Lt. Anderson joined the Division in September of 2013 as a detective investigating PIP and auto fraud.
  • Detective Scott Utecht on being selected to receive the National Award by the 2018 Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) on October 17th. Det. Utecht was recognized due to his involvement in Operation Thoroughbred.  The Operation resulted in the halting of a complex multimillion dollar health care fraud scheme leading to the arrest and conviction of 17 defendants.

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DIFS in the News

  • Florida Woman Arrested Over $50K Workers’ Comp Fraud Scheme 
    featured on: InsuranceJournal
  • Florida Disaster Fraud Team Makes Arrest Over $30K in Fraudulent Irma Claims
    featured on: InsuranceJournal
  • Jury finds Charlotte County woman, 72, guilty of arson & insurance fraud
    featured on: CharlotteSun


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October Arrest Stats

DIFS Arrest Stats

DIFS' law enforcement Bureaus have arrested the following for criminal behaviors

Bureau of
Insurance Fraud


Office of Fiscal Integrity


Bureau of Workers' Compensation Fraud


Bureau of Fire &
Arson Investigations


*Numbers reflect arrest counts provided at time of publish.

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Leighton "Lance" Tomkins

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