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Miami Couple Charged with Selling Fake Insurance to Truckers

7/26/2005

CONTACT: 
Tami Torres or Nina Banister
(850) 413-2842

MIAMI –Tom Gallagher, Florida's chief financial officer, announced today the arrest of Rosa Bajdor of Miami on charges of transacting insurance without a certificate after she was discovered paying an accident claim without a license.  Also implicated is Bajdor's husband, Peter, who is expected to surrender later this week. 
Additional charges are forthcoming.
 
In an investigation carried out by the Department of Financial Services Division of Insurance Fraud, the Bajdors were discovered to have sold fraudulent liability insurance certificates to local truck drivers.  Both previously held licenses to sell insurance in Florida that were revoked pursuant to a prior agreement with the department.
 
   "I am committed to making sure Florida residents are protected against fraudulent insurance scams," said Gallagher, who oversees the department.  "We will continue to investigate and prosecute anyone who commits insurance fraud."
 
The investigation uncovered a scheme whereby the Bajdors would sell fraudulent insurance certificates to local truckers for $500 and would use the proceeds for personal gain.  In one case, the suspects actually paid a claim without the requisite license. 
 
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 Hotline at 1-800-378-0445.  A reward of up to $25,000 may be offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
 
 
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. Gallagher also serves as the State Fire Marshal.