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**PHOTO RELEASE** CFO Jimmy Patronis: Jacksonville Joins Fraud Free Florida Initiative


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For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 28, 2019
Contact: Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, 
CFO Jimmy Patronis: Jacksonville Joins Fraud Free Florida Initiative

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis was joined by Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams to announce a partnership to enhance investigative efforts to fight fraud in Northeast Florida as a part of CFO Patronis' Fraud Free Florida initiative.

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, "Florida currently ranks first in fraud and fourth in identity theft nationwide. These statistics are alarming and that is why I’m thankful for the support of Sheriff Williams and Mayor Curry to spearhead my Fraud Free Florida initiative here in Jacksonville. This partnership will allow our agencies to better coordinate collective investigative efforts to protect Floridians, especially our seniors, from scam artists who prey on Floridians' hard-earned money.”

Mayor Lenny Curry said, "With public safety as my greatest priority, I enthusiastically embrace initiatives like Fraud Free Florida that protect our citizens from financial abuse. I applaud CFO Patronis and Sheriff Williams for identifying and building partnerships that prevent fraud and support the citizens of Jacksonville."
Sheriff Mike Williams said, "I am proud to join CFO Patronis and Mayor Curry in announcing this great partnership to fight fraud in Jacksonville. Expanding our investigative collaboration with the CFO’s team will allow us to broaden our efforts in battling fraud and protecting consumers from financial scams."


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).