Volume 2 Number 11
March 14, 2005










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COCOA BEACH MAN ARRESTED FOR FALSE        
HURRICANE CLAIM

A Brevard County homeowner is facing a felony charge of filing a false insurance claim for allegedly claiming that renovation work to his home was the result of hurricane damage.

Robert Milliken, 60, of 744 S. Orlando Ave. # 709, was arrested by investigators with the Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud.  He was booked into the Brevard County Jail and, if convicted on the third-degree felony charge, faces up to five years in prison. 

“Thousands of Florida homeowners and business owners were devastated by the four hurricanes that hit our state last year,” said Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher, who oversees the Department of Financial Services.  “This kind of fraud victimizes them all over again because everyone pays for insurance fraud.”

Milliken filed the fraudulent claim last September with Citizens Property Insurance Corporation for his home at 423 S. Atlantic Ave., claiming that Hurricane Frances caused nearly $60,000 in personal property damage.  Investigators, however, determined that Milliken contracted with Mack Mosier of Trade Wind Builders to remodel his residence, and the work began on Aug. 10, 2004. The work involved the removal of all of Milliken’s furniture as well as the roof and windows.

Hurricane Frances struck the Treasure Coast on September 5, 2004. 

The Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud, investigates various forms of fraud in insurance, including health, life, auto, property and workers' compensation insurance.  Anyone with information about this case or another possible fraud scheme should call the department's Fraud Busters Hotline at 1-800-378-0445.  A reward of up to $25,000 may be offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

 

 

Okeechobee County's historic courthouse, built in 1925, sits next to the county's new state-of-the-art courthouse scheduled to open this spring.