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Ken Anthony Reappointed to Fajua Board of Governors

8/2/2005

CONTACT:  Tami Torres
(850) 413-2842         
TALLAHASSEE—Florida's Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher has reappointed Ken Anthony to the Board of Governors of the Florida Automobile Joint Underwriting Association.  Ken was first appointed to the FAJUA Board in May 2001.
 
Gallagher praised Anthony for four years of dedicated service to FAJUA during which he played an instrumental role in creating positions for two new personal injury protection (PIP) fraud prosecutors in Miami-Dade County.
 
The FAJUA Board of Governors decided to fund the position of a dedicated fraud prosecutor in Miami-Dade County after PIP fraud there reached epidemic proportions.  Having a dedicated prosecutor has proved so successful that the Legislature voted to fund an additional prosecutor this past session.
 
"This very important decision by the Board will continue to impact the Florida automobile industry for many years to come," Gallagher said.  "We are proud of the contributions and insightful leadership Ken has brought to the FAJUA Board."
 
Members of the Board of Governors are not employed by FAJUA and they receive no compensation for their services.  The Chief Financial Officer appoints five of the 11 board members, two of which must represent the insurance industry.  Anthony currently serves as the chairman of the FAJUA Operating Committee and as a member of the FAJUA Vendor Review Committee.
 
FAJUA was established in 1973 for the purpose of providing automobile insurance to qualified applicants unable to procure such insurance in the voluntary market.
 
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.