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  Vol. 7 No. 1 January 2018

News You Can Use
- Updating you on what's going on


CFO Jimmy Patronis' Statement on Passage of Credit Report Freeze Fee Bill Out of Final House Committee

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis issued the following statement regarding the unanimous approval of House Bill 953, sponsored by Rep. Shawn Harrison (R-Tampa), by the Florida House of Representatives Commerce Committee. Security

“In today’s digital world data breaches have become our reality, and it’s important for Floridians to be able to easily freeze their credit to protect themselves from fraud. This vote in the House Commerce Committee is a win for Florida consumers.

“Thank you to Rep. Harrison for his steadfast commitment to eliminating the credit report freeze fee, to Commissioner Putnam for his work with me on this issue, and Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) for his leadership on this issue in the Senate. I look forward to seeing this measure pass this legislative session.”

The next stop for HB 953 is the House floor.


CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: Take Immediate Action to Fight Flu Epidemic

Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis calls on state organizations and companies to take immediate action to fight the flu epidemic. Recent reports state there have already been more than 20 pediatric deaths associated with the flu, with two of those deaths occurring right here in Florida. In an open letter, CFO Patronis encourages Department of Financial Services (DFS) offices, Florida Health Insurance Companies and HMOs, Florida Fire Marshals and Fire Departments, Florida State Chartered Banks and Credit Unions, Florida Licensed Insurance Agents, and FloridaHealthy Kids to help Florida fight the flu epidemic.Click here for a copy of the letter.

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Clearwater Man Charged with Possession and Manufacturing of Illegal Explosive Devices

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis, who oversees the Image result for Explosive MaterialDepartment of Financial Services (DFS), announced the recent arrest of Jared C. Brady following an investigation led by the Department's Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations' (BFAI)Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit. Additional support was provided by the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and as a result of the investigation, Brady faces charges of manufacturing and possessing destructive devices after investigators found him in possession of a homemade explosive and evidence of him manufacturing illegal explosive devices in his home.

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CFO Patronis: If you Scam Seniors, We’ll Throw you in Jail

in jail CFO Jimmy Patronis announced today the recent arrest of Victor Rennols, an ex-appointed New Jersey insurance agent with Great American Insurance Group, who stole a total of $100,000 from three senior New Jersey residents by selling fake annuities. Rennols misrepresented himself as an appointed agent with Great American Insurance Group and would travel to Naples, Florida, where Rennols had family ties, to cash the victims’ monies.

CFO Patronis’ Bureau of Insurance Fraud (BIF) received a referral from the Great American Insurance Group regarding Rennols’ misrepresentation of himself as a current, employed insurance agent and his alleged sale of annuity accounts under their business name. As a result of BIF's investigation, it was discovered that Rennols received payment from three senior citizen victims, but kept the funds for personal use instead of opening the annuity accounts with Great American Insurance.

“I want to be clear: If you scam seniors, we will find you and we will arrest you,” said CFO Jimmy Patronis. “My consumer services office works daily to protect seniors from being taken advantage of, and our law enforcement teams do everything possible to root out the criminals that prey on our most vulnerable consumers.”

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$1.8 Million Workers’ Comp Scam Leads to the Arrest of Jacksonville Company Owner

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis announced the recent arrest of Jeovane Felizardo, owner of JJF Construction Services, LLC, after a workers' compensation fraud investigation revealed that Felizardo allegedly used various local money service businesses to cash checks in an alleged attempt to illegally conceal his total payroll from his workers’roofer compensation insurance provider to avoid higher premium costs.

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Cape Coral Chiropractic Physician Arrested After Stealing Over $64,000

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis and the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced the recent arrest of Renoir Cadet, a licensed healthcare practitioner holding a certified Chiropractic Physician’s Assistant license. Cadet faces charges of forgery, uttering, scheme to defraud, and grand theft after allegedly stealing $64,436 in insurance claim monies from his business partner at Image Chiropractic.

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Construction Company Owner Arrested Following $700,000 Workers’ Comp Scam

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Maria Cristina Romero Zelaya, owner of Miochosis Construction, Inc. Zelaya allegedly provided fictitious information when applying for workers’ compensation insurance coverage to obtain a lower premium. As a result, Zelaya illegally avoided paying more than $700,000 in premium payments and left her employees uninsured and vulnerable to workplace injuries.

“When companies lie to obtain cheaper, inadequate workers’ compensation policies, staff or property owners are left vulnerable to covering sky-high medical costs if a worker gets injured on the job, and free markets are disrupted by scammers who can underbid their legitimate competitors," said CFO Patronis. "It’s a lose-lose situation for Florida, and I won’t stand for it.”

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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Swears In New Explosive Detecting K9

During today’s meeting of the Governor and Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis, who oversees the Department of Financial Services (DFS), held a swearing in ceremony for Oregon, the newest member of DFS’ Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Unit.

Oregon’s handler, Detective Monty Taylor, has more than 15 years of experience as a K9 handler and has served with DFS’ EOD Units for nine years. Together, K9 Oregon and Detective Taylor will continue to support local law enforcement agencies across Florida, predominately in rural regions of the state, where explosive detecting resources may not be readily available. Detective Taylor and K9 Oregon will be housed out of the South Central Region in Polk County but will serve as a statewide asset.

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Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis Sponsors Resolution For Children’s Home Society of Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – During today’s meeting of the Governor and Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis sponsored a resolution highlighting the Children’s Home Society of Florida’s tireless efforts supporting the growth, protection and success of Florida’s foster children.

“Florida’s children are the future fabric of our communities and it is imperative that we continue to provide all children with as many opportunities for success that we can,” said CFO Jimmy Patronis. “I applaud the Children’s Home Society of Florida and their 115-year commitment to ensuring Florida’s foster children have the support they need to rise above life’s challenges and reach their full potential.”

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