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Bureau of Insurance Fraud



DFS DIF North Central Region

The North Central Region is responsible for the enforcement of insurance related crimes committed in Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties. The region is divided into two auto fraud squads and one general fraud squad, directed by one captain and three lieutenants.

District I Major - Michael Byrne

Major Byrne is originally from Syracuse, New York where he lived with his wife and three children. Byrne attended Central Missouri University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Police Science. Captain Byrne served in the U.S. Army from 1971 through 1973, assigned to the Military Police and obtained the rank of Specialist 4. In 1973 Byrne was employed as a police officer with the Hillside Police Department, Hillside, New Jersey. In 1974 Byrne joined the New York State Police where he worked uniform road patrol for eight years and later promoted to sergeant and assigned to the bureau of criminal Investigations. Byrne worked as an assistant unit coordinator and unit coordinator prior to retirement in 1994. From1994 through 2003 Byrne was employed with Royal Sunalliance Insurance Company as a Senior Special Investigator.

Byrne joined the Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud on November 17, 2003. Byrne worked in the St. Petersburg Office until September of 2006 when he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the Tampa Office. Byrne was promoted to captain in August of 2008 then to major in 2014 supervising District I.

Captain John savino, north central regional commander

Lt. Savino began his law enforcement career in 1982 with the New York City Police Department. He served as a patrol officer, narcotics investigator and was promoted to detective in 1989. Savino spent eighteen years investigating reports of sexual assaults and child abuse while assigned to the Manhattan special victims squad, and was promoted to the prestigious rank of 1st grade detective.

During Savino’s time with the special victims squad, he investigated thousands of reports of rape and sexual assaults and have been lead investigator for many successful serial rape and pattern sexual assault investigations. He was tasked with rewriting the policy used by NYPD when investigating sexual assaults and co-authored two text books detailing the best investigative techniques for rape investigations and other serious crimes.

In September of 2001, after the World Trade Center tragedy, Savino, along with an elite group of detectives, were assigned to the New York City Morgue for several months and tasked with attempting to identify the victims of the World Trade Center disaster.
After twenty-five years with NYPD, Savino retired and joined the Division of Insurance Fraud in 2008. Since becoming a member of DIF, Savino has investigated personal injury protection (PIP) fraud and have made numerous arrests which have resulted in clinics being shut down. He is a member of the ERT team and a DTO since joining the Division. In 2011, Savino was assigned to a Federal Health Care Task Force for the Middle District of Florida, before becoming a lead detective for the newly formed PIP squad in the Orlando Field Office. In June, 2017, Savino was promoted to Captain over the North-Central Fraud Region.

LIEUTENANT LAQUANDA GREEN - orlando, General Fraud

Lt. Green began her career in law enforcement in 1997 with Orange County Corrections and later advancing her career to a Deputy working in patrol with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Florida. She continued her career as state law enforcement officer for the Department of Motor Carrier Compliance, working as a compliance review officer, commercial motor vehicle homicide investigator, and an officer on radiological nuclear team and the hazardous materials team.

In May of 2008, Lt. Green joined the Division of Insurance Fraud and has supervised both Auto Fraud and General Fraud Squads.

LIEUTENANT craig weaver - orlando, auto Fraud squad #1

Lieutenant Craig Weaver is a career law enforcement officer with 25 years of experience. He began his law enforcement career in 1992 with the Orlando Police Department. During his time at Orlando he held the rank of Sergeant and served a wide variety of assignments that included Patrol Division, School Resource Officer, Criminal Investigations Detective, and Property Crimes Task Force.

Lieutenant Weaver started with the Bureau of Insurance Investigations in March of 2012 as a Detective in the Orlando Field Office and was quickly promoted to Lead Detective in January of 2014. Lieutenant Weaver has also been an Field Training Officer, and the Acting Lieutenant of the Squad since September, 2017.

Vacant - orlando, auto Fraud squad #2