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Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Alerting Public to an Insurance Scam Due to Arrest of Suspect


CONTACT: Detective Wayne Smith
(561) 274-1062

WEST PALM BEACH--The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is alerting the public to an individual named Luis M. Quintana, age 29 of 12065 Sunset Point Ct, Wellington who has sold fraudulent homeowners and automobile insurance policies to unsuspecting buyers claiming they would be insured by Allstate Insurance Company. It is believed that these unknown victims think they are insured but actually have been defrauded.

On May 29, 2003, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Detective Wayne Smith, District VI, Delray Beach Sub Station arrested Quintana on a third degree felony Failure to Report Funds and Grand Theft. The victim in this case, Robert Samuels, purchased a homeowner's policy from Quintana on November 22, 2002 with a check made out to "Quintana Insurance Company", which is not a valid company, in the amount of $1431.00. Quintana then altered the check and deposited it into his private account.

Quintana acted as an agent for a legitimate insurance agency named Adamson Insurance Company, Inc located in Jupiter, Florida and falsely told the homeowner he would be getting a copy of a policy from Allstate Insurance Company.

The Department of Financial Services for the State of Florida has been working with Detective Smith. They have issued an emergency suspension order which prevents Quintana from writing insurance policies. Detective Smith has identified a few additional victims but believes there may be a substantial number of additional victims in Palm Beach County. If anyone has purchased policies through Quintana over the last year they should check to make sure they are insured. If anyone thinks that they have been defrauded they should contact Detective Wayne Smith at 561-274-1062. Also for assistance the public may contact the State of Florida Department of Financial Services, Consumer Assistance Program at 1-800-342-2762.