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CFO Patronis Applauds Governor DeSantis on Signing Senate Bill 294


For Immediate Release: Friday, September 4, 2020
Contact: Office of Communications,, 850.413.2842

CFO Patronis Applauds Governor DeSantis on Signing Senate Bill 294

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis issued a statement regarding Governor DeSantis signing Senate Bill 294, the Florida Veterans Protection Act. This legislation will help protect veterans by adding the victimization of 10 or more veterans as an aggravated white-collar crime.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “Thank you to Governor DeSantis for protecting our Veterans by signing Senate Bill 294 today. Veterans are twice as likely to be targeted for scams than you or me. It’s unconscionable that anyone would steal from the brave men and women who served our nation so admirably. I’m thankful for Senator Tom Wright and for Representative Bobby Payne for championing this important legislation.”
Senator Tom Wright said, “I was proud to sponsor this important legislation to protect Florida’s veterans from fraud. These men and women served our country and we must do everything we can to ensure they are not victimized by scam artists looking to make a quick buck.”
Representative Bobby Payne said, “Thanks to Governor DeSantis and CFO Patronis for their support to ensure that Florida remains the best state in the nation for veterans to call home. By signing this legislation, we’ll send a clear message that there is zero tolerance for scam artists who target veterans. We are committed to serving our state’s veterans just as they selflessly served to protect us at home and abroad.”


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).