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CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Arrest of Jacksonville Elementary School Principal for Insurance Fraud

11/26/2018

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Contact: Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com 

CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Arrest of Jacksonville Elementary School Principal for Insurance Fraud

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Darrell Perry, Principal of Timucuan Elementary in Jacksonville, in an alleged attempt to commit over $16,000 in insurance fraud related to Hurricane Irma. Perry attempted to defraud State Farm Insurance Company for damages claimed to be sustained during Hurricane Irma.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “Lying about hurricane damage while many Floridians lost everything during Hurricane Irma is sickening. Insurance fraud takes money from Florida families with legitimate claims and drives up insurance rates for us all. As many Floridians recover from Hurricane Michael that impacted our state one month ago, I want to put everyone on notice: If you choose to commit insurance fraud to make a quick buck, you will be thrown in jail.”
 
Investigations revealed Perry submitted fraudulent and altered repair invoices to State Farm Insurance Company requesting $16,042 in reimbursements due to alleged damages to his home from Hurricane Irma. Investigators found that Perry altered two of the invoices and fabricated another for fake repairs that never occurred.
 
Perry turned himself in to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office on November 16. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.
 
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About CFO Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet, who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).