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CFO Jimmy Patronis' Division of Investigative and Forensic Services brings to you the DIFSource. Here you find the latest news, announcements and developments of our Division for the great State of Florida regarding acts of fraud, arson and the misuse of state funds. We are proud of our 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.

DIFS Mourns the Passing of Major Michael "Mike" Byrne

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It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Major Michael "Mike" D. Byrne after a brave fight against cancer. He is survived by his wife Kathy and his three children.

Major Byrne joined our agency in November 2003 after having served in the U.S. Army and retiring from the New York State Police. We will mourn the loss of a selfless public servant and valued friend.

Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.

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VOLUME 1, ISSUE 8 August 2018
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DIFS' Announcements
  • DIFS Would Like to Recognize:

  • Captain David Lindsay for his service and wish him all the best in his retirement. Captain Lindsay has been with the Bureau of Insurance Fraud since 2007, serving in several roles during his tenure with the Bureau leading up to his current rank as Captain and Acting Major of District I.

  • DIFS Would Like to Congratulate:
  • Captain Eric Cruz on his recent promotion to Captain of the Bureau of Insurance Fraud South Region. Captain Cruz joined the Department of Financial Services as a member of the Miami Field Office PIP Squad in 2012 and has over 30 years of law enforcement experience.
  • Captain Mike Smith on his recent promotion to Captain of the Bureau of Insurance Fraud North Region. Captain Smith joined the Department of Financial Services as a Major Case Squad Detective and eventually the Lead Detective in Tallahassee in 2009 and has over 44 years of law enforcement experience.
  • An Accreditation Team Visited The Division of Investigative and Forensic Services For Assessment:
  • The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) participated in the onsite inspection for achieving DIFS' goal of accreditation. The accreditation process requires an in-depth review of every aspect of the agency's organization, management, operations and administration making sure that they stand up to the high standards set forth for law enforcement agencies.
  • It is our pleasure to announce that DIFS has received favorable feedback from the eight-member team of assessors; therefore, during the October 2018 CFA Commissioner's meeting the Division of Investigative and Forensic Services will be recommended for initial accreditation.
  • To find out more information about accreditation, the standards and the process; please visit the CFA website http://flaccreditation.org

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DIFS in the News

Vero Beach acupuncturist Jill Jaynes arrested on fraud, racketeering charges featured on: TCPalm / VeroNews


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August 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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