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CFO Jeff Atwater Kicks Off Fraud Prevention Month with Call to Action: If You See Something, Say Something

3/1/2016

Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413 – 2842

 
CFO Jeff Atwater Kicks Off Fraud Prevention Month with Call to Action: If You See Something, Say Something
 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is kicking off March as National Fraud Prevention Month with a call to action to Florida’s consumers: if you see something, say something.
 
The Florida Divisions of Insurance Fraud and Public Assistance Fraud, which operate under the direction of CFO Atwater’s Department of Financial Services, are leaders in Florida’s fight against the fraud, waste, and abuse that cause insurance costs and taxes to rise. With nearly 6,000 insurance fraud arrests made since CFO Atwater took office in 2011 and more than 3,800 public assistance fraud cases prosecuted, Florida is making strides toward a fraud-free Florida. Even more can be done when educated and empowered consumers are on the lookout.
 
“Fraud impacts all Floridians whether they are aware of it or not,” said CFO Atwater. “When insurance companies pay out millions due to fraud, that money is recovered in the form of higher rates for everyone. When people cheat public assistance fraud programs funded by taxpayer dollars, all taxpayers lose. We must all do our part to work toward ending fraud in Florida, and Fraud Prevention Month is the perfect reminder of the many ways Floridians can join the fight.”

To better educate Floridians about simple ways to better protect themselves and others against fraud, the Department will share tips, tools and case stories via its social media channels throughout the month of March.

It may be said that fraud is a victimless crime, but it is not. It is estimated that insurance fraud costs the United States $80 billion or more a year – costs that are ultimately passed down to consumers. The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud estimates that fraud costs each family about $950 annually.

If a consumer feels that they have been a victim of fraud, contact the Department. The Division of Insurance Fraud has a toll-free Fraud Tip Hotline at 1-800-378-0445. For tips regarding public assistance fraud, contact the Division of Public Assistance Fraud’s hotline at 1-866-762-2237. Callers can choose to remain anonymous, and if they provide information that leads to a conviction they may be eligible for a cash reward through the Anti-Fraud Reward Program.

To follow the Department on social media, visit Facebook.com/FLDFS and Twitter.com/FLDFS

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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).