Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher announced the arrest of a woman who sold
phony motor vehicle insurance cards to an undercover insurance fraud
investigator with the Department of Financial Services.
Tia L. Brown, 36, owner of T.N.T. Tag & Title, located at 665 SW 27th Ave., sold
the investigator two fraudulent motor vehicle insurance cards for $50. She is
charged with creating, marketing or presenting a false or fraudulent motor
vehicle insurance card, a third-degree felony.
“The sale of phony insurance cards is a growing and serious problem,” Gallagher
said. “Drivers who buy and use these fake cards put themselves and everyone on
the road at risk because if they have an accident they will have no coverage.”
The undercover investigator met with Brown in her office, where she allegedly
generated the fraudulent cards on her office computer, listing the carrier as
United Auto Insurance Company. A check with United Auto showed no policy with
the number or policyholder name listed by Brown.
If convicted, Brown faces up to 10 years in prison. She was booked into the
Broward County Jail on a $10,000 bond.
The Department of
Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud, investigates fraud in all types
of insurance, including health, life, auto, property and workers’ compensation.
Anyone with information about this case or other possible insurance fraud should
call the department’s Fraud Hotline at 1-800-378-0445. A reward of up to
$25,000 may be offered for information leading to a conviction.