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  Vol. 8 , No. 4 - June 2019

News You Can Use


CFO Jimmy Patronis: 6 Tips for Insurance
Awareness Day

In recognition of June 28 as Insurance Awareness Day, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is encouraging Floridians to ensure they are adequately protected in the event of a major loss or natural disaster and recommends consumers conduct an insurance checkup at least once a year to review all their insurance policies, coverages, and deductibles.

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, "insurance is a vital financial tool that can protect your biggest investments including your home, automobile, and small business. With the 2019 Hurricane Season in full swing, it is even more important to talk with a licensed insurance agent and to review your policies today to make sure you are covered in the event of a disaster."

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CFO Jimmy Patronis: The 2019 Hurricane Season
is Here, 5 Tips to Prepare Now

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis reminds Floridians how critical it is to prepare before the next storm takes aim at the Sunshine State. Homeowners insurance policies may contain limitations and exclusions, so it is important consumers review their policies now to understand their coverages going into hurricane season."

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CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces the Arrests of 12 Miami-Dade School Bus Employees in a $426,900 Insurance Fraud Scheme

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of 12 current and former Miami-Dade School District school bus employees for allegedly filing fraudulent insurance claims totaling $426,933. Under the direction of alleged 'ringleader' Shanequa Latoya Veal, a former Miami-Dade School District employee, the bus drivers and aides used the personal information of approximately 11 children to file fraudulent insurance reimbursement claims.

CFO Jimmy Patronis said "Using the identities of innocent children to file fake insurance claims to make a quick buck is shameful. It is especially alarming when these individuals were responsible for the safety and security of children in their roles with the Miami-Dade School District. Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime and drives up rates for every Florida household. I applaud my fraud detectives for working diligently to bring these scam artists to justice."

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Trio Arrested in Woodbridge Case

The Florida Office of Financial Regulation applauds the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s April 11, 2019, arrest of Robert Shapiro, Ivan Acevedo and Dane Roseman for their roles in the massive multi-state Ponzi scheme orchestrated by the Woodbridge Group of Companies, LLC. An April 4, 2019, indictment unsealed in the Southern District of Florida in conjunction with the arrests charged the three Woodbridge executives with violating several federal laws, including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. The indictment followed the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s December 2017 complaint alleging that Woodbridge and its associates sold at least $1.2 billion in fraudulent, unregistered securities to more than 8,400 victims, many of whom were senior citizens.

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