GALLAGHER ANNOUNCES CLAIM FRAUD ARRESTS
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher announced today that detectives with the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF) have arrested four individuals accused of filing fraudulent claims in the aftermath of the 2004 hurricane season. The investigation has uncovered more than $170,000 in fraudulent claim filings, and further arrests are anticipated.
“With thousands of Floridians still working to recover from four storms, it is inconceivable that individuals would seek to illegally profit from the 2004 hurricane season,” said Gallagher, who oversees the department. “Those who choose to commit fraud and drive up premiums will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Investigators found that Julio Iriarte, a licensed public adjuster in Miami, submitted falsified contractor agreements that caused overpayment of claims by more than 20 percent. CONTINUED
Two other individuals were arrested for filing fraudulent claims and are being charged with insurance fraud and grand theft. Other arrests are anticipated.
CLAIM FRAUD ARRESTS
Julio Iriarte: DOB 06/08/79; 20001 NW 78th Court, Miami, FL; Booked in Turner Guillford Knight Jail; Charged with 2 counts Insurance Fraud 3rd degree; 2 counts Grand Theft 3rd degree, 1 count Organized Scheme to defraud.
Debra Anita Kelly: DOB 02/18/1964, 3100 NW 48 Terrace, Miami, FL; Booked in Dade County Jail; Charged with 1 count Grand Theft 3rd degree and 1 count Insurance Fraud 3rd degree.
Adrianna Kelly Francis: DOB 02/25/47, 3100 NW 48 Terrace, Miami, FL; Booked in Dade County Jail; Charged with 1 count Grand Theft 3rd degree and 1 count Insurance Fraud 3rd degree.
Joyce Chandler: DOB 03/05/1951, 3055 New York Street, Coconut Grove, FL 33133, Booked in Turner Guillford Knight Jail; Charged with 1 count Grand Theft 2nd degree, 1 count Insurance Fraud 2nd degree, 1 count Insurance Fraud 3rd degree.
Walton County was created in 1824, shortly after Florida became a territory of the United States. The courthouse is in the county seat of DeFuniak Springs.