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Bureau of Insurance Fraud

NORTH CENTRAL REGION

 

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 - Mike wood

On June 8, 2018 Mike Wood joined the Division of Investigative and Forensic Services as Major over Operational Support Services.

Mike Wood started his career in law enforcement in 1983 with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff.  During his tenure, Mike held a variety of assignments to include Tactical Dive Team, School Resource Officer, Special Weapons and Tactics Team and Detective.  Mike was then promoted to the rank of Sergeant and held a variety of supervisory positions ending with the rank of Major.  In his numerous supervisory positions, Mike oversaw the Uniform Patrol Bureau, Criminal Investigation Bureau, and the Corrections Division of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.  He retired in 2014 and returned in 2015 as the Undersheriff.  On January 23, 2015, he was appointed the Sheriff of Leon County by Florida Governor Scott until his term expired. In 2017, Mike was hired as the Chief of Investigations for the North District of the Division of Public Assistance Fraud with the Department.   


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 a Field Training Officer, and the Acting Lieutenant of the Squad since September, 2017.


LIEUTENANT Erik anderson - orlando, auto Fraud squad #2

Erik Anderson began his law enforcement career in 2009 with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in Jacksonville, where he worked in Patrol. He was promoted to Special Operations and worked on a mobile VACIS (Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System) x-ray truck scanning suspect vehicles for contraband. He was regularly deployed with US Customs and Border Patrol assisting with cargo inspections utilizing the VACIS x-ray truck. In 2011, he worked with the Department of Environmental Protection as a State Park Police Office in Miami.

In September of 2013, Erik began his career with the Bureau of Insurance Fraud as a Detective in the Orlando Field Office investigating PIP and Auto Fraud. In 2016, Erik transferred to the General Fraud Squad and was promoted to Lead Detective of the Orlando General Fraud Squad.