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Insurance Fraud Press Releases

Issue Date Title
11/21/2016 Unlicensed Miami Insurance Agent Charged with 72 Felony Counts and Stealing more than $48,000 in Escrow Payments

10/14/2016

Multi-Agency Sting Leads to 11 Arrests in Manatee County

09/05/2016

FOLLOWING HURRICANE HERMINE, INSURANCE SCAMS REPORTED IN TAYLOR COUNTY

08/26/2016

Miami Businessman Arrested for Orchestrating $400,000 Workers’ Comp Scam

08/05/2016

Fort Lauderdale Woman Caught On Camera Faking Injury

08/02/2016

Former Miami Insurance Agent Sentenced to Prison for Generating Fake Insurance Policies

07/22/2016

Miami Attorney Charged with Insurance Fraud and Grand Theft

07/22/2016

Ft. Myers Business Owner Steals More Than $1,000,000 Through Payroll Check-Cashing and Workers’ Comp Scheme

07/15/2016

Department of Financial Services Enhances Law Enforcement Strategy with Newly-Formed Division of Investigative and Forensic Services

05/20/2016

Naples Business Owner Arrested for $700,000 Workers’ Compensation Fraud Scheme

05/17/2016

Orange County Insurance Agent Convicted of Insurance Fraud, Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison

05/12/2016

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT….ABC 25 WPBF: “Food stamp trafficking scheme compromises 500 identities in Palm Beach County”

02/18/2016

Georgia Insurance Agent Arrested for Stealing Thousands From Seniors

02/10/2016

Additional Grand Theft Charges Filed Against Orange County Insurance Agent

01/22/2016

Two Unlicensed South Florida Clinic Owners Use Straw Owner to Defraud Insurance Companies of More Than 650,000

10/23/2015

*PROGRAMMING ALERT* CNBC Prime’s “American Greed” to Feature Case Worked by Division of Insurance Fraud

10/15/2015

Broward County Chiropractor Arrested Following $1.5 Million Insurance Fraud Scam

10/08/2015

Miami Insurance Agent Arrested for Three Year, Nearly $170,000 Overbilling Scam

09/09/2015

Northwest Florida Homeowner Arrested for Arson after State Fire Marshal Accelerant Detection K-9 “Bailey” Successfully Tracks Accelerants

08/05/2015

Four Miami PIP Fraud Conspirators Arrested

07/27/2015

Central Florida Insurance Agent Arrested for Transacting Fraudulent Policies with a Suspended Insurance License

07/10/2015

Palm Beach County Insurance Agent Arrested for Falsifying $3 Million Worth of Life Insurance Policies

07/08/2015

Charlotte County Restaurant Fire Uncovers Sale of Fake Insurance Policy Leaving Restaurant Owner to Cover $120,000 in Fire Damages

07/01/2015

Miami Insurance Representatives Arrested for Transacting Business Without a License

06/30/2015

Three Miami Residents Arrested for PIP Fraud Totaling More Than $99,000 in Financial Losses

06/26/2015

Division of Insurance Fraud Announces the Arrest of Orlando Insurance Agent for Defrauding Insurance Company of More Than $150,000

06/25/2015

Orlando PIP Clinic Owner Arrested for Defrauding Insurance Companies of More Than $100,000

06/18/2015

Central Florida Clinic Owner and Co-Conspirators Arrested for PIP Fraud

06/15/2015

CFO Atwater Announces Six Arrests in Central Florida Workers’ Compensation Fraud Scam

06/11/2015

Former South Florida Title Agent Arrested for Embezzling Consumer Funds

06/01/2015

Florida Division of Insurance Fraud Announces Two Arrests in Miami Workers’ Compensation Fraud Scam

06/01/2015

Florida Division of Insurance Fraud Announces Multiple Miami PIP Fraud Arrests

05/28/2015

Miami Lakes Insurance Agent Arrested for Defrauding Consumer

05/20/2015

CFO Atwater Announces Dozens More Arrests Made During Operation Flames and Floods 2

05/06/2015

Eight Broward County Residents Arrested for Involvement in PIP Fraud Scam

05/04/2015

Miami Gardens Insurance Agent Arrested for Selling Fake Insurance Policy

04/28/2015

Jacksonville Clinic Owner Arrested for PIP Fraud

04/24/2015

Kissimmee Bail Bond Agency Owner and Employee Arrested

04/24/2015

Miami Insurance Agent Arrested for Stealing Premium Funds from a 70-Year-Old Client

04/17/2015

Florida Division of Insurance Fraud Releases Statement Regarding Recent Volusia County Arrests

04/10/2015

7 Tampa Residents Arrested Following Two-Year PIP Fraud Investigation

04/01/2015

Pompano Beach Insurance Agent Arrested for Selling Fraudulent Policies to Elderly Military Families

04/01/2015

Four Arrested for Involvement in Broward County PIP Fraud Scam

04/01/2015

Jacksonville Resident Arrested for Insurance Fraud

03/31/2015

Vero Beach Insurance Agent Arrested for Filing False Claims

03/26/2015

Four Pinellas County Residents Arrested for Insurance Fraud

03/24/2015

North Florida Man Arrested for Insurance Fraud After Faking Death

03/19/2015

Two Fort Lauderdale Residents Arrested for PIP Fraud Following Staged Accident

03/13/2015

Title Agent Arrested for Stealing More than $705,000

03/06/2015

Panama City Resident Pleads No Contest to Charges of Burglary and Acting as a Bail Bond Agent

03/05/2015

Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud Invites Public Comment During Reaccreditation Process

02/26/2015

Alachua County Man Arrested for Grand Theft and Unlicensed Bail Bonds Activity

02/24/2015

Suwannee County Man Arrested for Workers’ Compensation Fraud

02/19/2015

Three Arrested for Operating Unlicensed Orlando Clinic Used in PIP Fraud Scam

02/13/2015

Multi-Agency Unlicensed Contractor Sting in Manatee County Nets 11 Arrests

02/09/2015

Florida Department of Financial Services Prepared to Assist Consumers Affected by Anthem Data Breach

02/06/2015

Department of Financial Services Announces Arrest of Orange Park Bail Bondsman

02/04/2015

The Department of Financial Services Announces License Revocation and $140,000 Fine for Fort Myers Insurance Agent’s Misrepresentations to Florida Seniors

01/27/2015

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Nine Miami PIP Fraud Arrests

01/09/2015

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Two Miami Insurance Fraud Arrests

12/09/2014

CFO Atwater Announces Arrest of Orange County Insurance Agent for Stealing More Than One Million Dollars of Client Funds

12/04/2014

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Hollywood Insurance Representative for Stealing Client Funds

11/26/2014

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Insurance Fraud Arrest after Palm Beach County Man Falsified Records in Attempt to Collect Insurance Claim Funds

11/25/2014

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Multiple Arrests on Charges of Insurance Fraud and Grand Theft Following Broward Staged Accident

10/01/2014

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrests of Five NBRC Roofing Company Employees for $525,000 Insurance Fraud Scheme

08/14/2014

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrests of Three Jacksonville Residents for PIP Fraud

07/17/2014

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Miami Man for Stealing Nearly $1.1 Million in Insurance Premiums

06/25/2014

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Three More PIP Fraud Arrests and a PIP Fraud Conviction

05/23/2014

CFO Atwater Announces Arrest of Port Charlotte Woman for Filing Fraudulent Insurance Claims

05/22/2014

CFO Atwater Announces Arrest of Insurance Agent for Fraud

05/22/2014

CFO Atwater Announces Arrest of Miami-Dade Clinic Owner for PIP Fraud

05/13/2014

CFO Atwater Announces Sentencing of Tampa Clinic Owner for Insurance Fraud

05/09/2014

Pensacola Chiropractor Sentenced for Racketeering and Grand Theft

05/09/2014

CFO Atwater Announces Arrest of Orlando Public Adjuster for Insurance Fraud

04/08/2014

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Two Arrests on Charges of Insurance Fraud Following Staged Boat Theft

04/08/2014

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Jacksonville Beach Man on Charges of Insurance Fraud

03/19/2014

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Weston Man Accused of Defrauding More Than 270 Floridians

02/04/2014

CFO Atwater Announces 14 Arrests After Investigation Known As 'Operation Flames and Floods' Exposes Multi-Million Dollar Insurance Fraud

01/31/2014

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces 12 Arrests in Ongoing Fraud Investigation Known as ‘Operation Leaky Pipes’

01/31/2014

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Two Arrests for Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance Fraud

01/21/2014

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Hollywood Couple for Insurance Fraud

12/20/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Orlando Attorney Charged With Stealing Personal Injury Settlement Money

12/13/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Fort Myers Chiropractor Linked to PIP Fraud

12/06/2013

Undercover Investigation Leads to Nine Arrests for Workers Compensation Fraud

12/05/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Clay County Woman for Disability Insurance Fraud Scheme

11/07/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Collier County Man for Failing to Provide Workers’ Compensation Insurance

11/01/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Five Arrests in Southwest Florida Accident Clinic Sweep

10/15/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of a Wellington Insurance Agent for Fraud

10/15/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Conviction of Clinic Owner in Large Scale PIP Fraud Ring

10/10/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Jacksonville Man For Insurance Fraud in Fake Carjacking

10/02/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Conviction of Scammer in $1 million Financial Fraud Scheme

10/01/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Additional Arrests in ‘Operation Dirty Money,’ Workers’ Comp Fraud Check Cashing Scheme

09/16/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Conviction of Former Allstate Employee in Insurance Scam

09/16/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrests of Three Miami PIP Fraudsters

08/29/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces First Conviction of Staged Motor Vehicle Accident in Lee County

07/31/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Partners with Escambia County Sheriff’s Office to Offer Free ‘Be Scam Smart’ Workshop for Seniors

07/30/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrests of Five Individuals Accused of More than $130,000 in Workers’ Compensation Fraud

07/23/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces New Series of Operation S.A.F.E. Workshops to Protect Florida’s Seniors from Financial Fraud

06/27/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater’s Anti-Fraud Reward Program Awards Four Individuals for Tips That Led to Uncovering $3.7 Million in Insurance Fraud

05/21/2013

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater, Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Announce Arrests in ‘Operation Christmas Tree’

05/10/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Three North Florida Roofers for Unlicensed Insurance Activity

04/29/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Launches Operation S.A.F.E. to Stop Adult Financial Exploitation

04/29/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Escambia County Insurance Agent in Life Insurance Scam

04/15/2013

CFO Atwater Announces Arrests of Two Miami-Dade County Residents for $35 Million in Fraudulent Transactions in ‘Operation Dirty Money’ Scheme

04/12/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Recognizes Consumer Awareness Week with New Educational Resources for Consumers

03/22/2013

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s Top Dimwitted Fraud Criminals: Confessions of a Fraud Artist

03/21/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Permanent License Revocation of Scammer of Volusia County Seniors

03/14/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Tampa Plumber for Fraud

03/13/2013

In Recognition of Fraud Prevention Month: CFO Jeff Atwater’s Top Dim-Witted Fraud Criminals

02/21/2013

CFO Atwater’s 2013 Legislative Agenda Focuses on Core Principles: Transparency, Consumer Protection, Fighting Fraud and Reducing Government to Promote Economic Prosperity

02/15/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Protects Florida’s Construction Workers during Statewide Sweep

02/01/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrests of Miami Public Adjuster and Four Others in Property Insurance Fraud Scheme

01/15/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrests of Accident Clinic Owner and 6 Others in Miami Fraud Sweep

01/07/2013

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces 19 Arrests in Jacksonville Accident Clinic Sting

12/03/2012

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Conviction of Tampa Senior Scammer

11/30/2012

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces the Arrest of a Former State Correctional Officer for Over $2.7 Million in Workers’ Compensation Fraud

11/02/2012

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Two Arrests in Undercover Sarasota PIP Clinic Sting

10/17/2012

CFO Jeff Atwater and Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti Announce More Arrests in ‘Operation Dirty Money’

09/24/2012

Florida CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater Applauds Conviction of Jacksonville Man in Apartment Complex Fire

09/24/2012

CFO Jeff Atwater and Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti Announce More Arrests in Joint Workers’ Compensation Task Force Investigations

09/12/2012

Florida CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater Announces Sentencing of Lee County Man Charged with Arson and Insurance Fraud

09/05/2012

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater Appoints Jay Etheridge as Deputy CFO Over Law Enforcement

09/04/2012

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrests in Miami Staged Accident Scheme Linked to Six Fraud Rings

08/21/2012

Statement from Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater Regarding the Independent Analysis of the Potential Impact of HB 119 on Florida’s Consumers

08/03/2012

CFO Atwater’s Office to Host Financial Workshops for Florida Seniors and their Caregivers

08/01/2012

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Additional Charges for Palm Beach Gardens Ponzi Schemer

07/27/2012

CFO Jeff Atwater and Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti Announce Arrests in ‘Operation Dirty Money,’ Workers’ Comp Fraud Check Cashing Scheme

05/22/2012

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces State Loss Prevention Award Winners

05/16/2012

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Senior Scammer for $2 Million Investment Fraud

05/10/2012

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Miami Boat Captain in Sinking of $1.86 Million Yacht

05/04/2012

Statement from Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater on the Signing of HB 119 Auto Insurance Reforms for Florida’s Drivers

05/01/2012

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of America’s Most Wanted Fugitive During Insurance Fraud Investigation

04/30/2012

CFO Jeff Atwater Commends Fraud Division for Record-Setting First Quarter

04/20/2012

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrests of 14 Individuals in Undercover Sting at Miami Massage Clinic

04/18/2012

CFO Atwater Launches New OnDemand Library Offering Floridians 24/7 Access to Insurance and Financial Education

04/17/2012

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Naples Acupuncturist for Insurance Fraud, Grand Theft

04/13/2012

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Owner of Fake Company for Creating Fraudulent Insurance Certificates and Avoiding Millions in Premiums

04/09/2012

Statement from Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater on the Signing of HB 1277 Fighting Workers’ Compensation Fraud

03/29/2012

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Bay Area Residents for Workers’ Compensation Fraud

03/28/2012

CFO Jeff Atwater Rewards Three Citizens for Tips that Led to the Arrests of 10 Individuals and $560,000 in Fraudulent Billings to Date

03/27/2012

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrests of 15 Individuals in Miami Food Truck Insurance Fraud Scam

03/23/2012

*Consumer Alert* Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater Warns Consumers about ‘National Sweepstakes’ Scam

03/16/2012

Florida CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Navarre Businessman for Workers’ Compensation Fraud Scheme

03/12/2012

CFO Atwater Commends Legislature for Increasing Transparency, Protecting Consumers, Fighting Fraud and Reducing Regulatory Burdens

03/07/2012

Florida CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Jacksonville Man Charged with Arson and Insurance Fraud

03/06/2012

Florida CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrests of Licensed Massage Therapist and Clinic Employees for PIP Fraud

03/05/2012

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater Launches On Guard for Seniors

02/28/2012

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Orlando Man on Charges of Workers’ Compensation Claim Fraud and Grand Theft

02/24/2012

Florida CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrests in Undercover Sweep of Tampa Accident Clinics

02/24/2012

Florida CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Two Men Charged with Arson and Insurance Fraud

02/20/2012

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of North Port Man on charges of Workers’ Compensation Claim Fraud and Grand Theft

02/03/2012

Florida CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Miramar Man for Staged Auto Accidents Resulting in $200,000 in Fake Insurance Claims

02/03/2012

Florida CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of ‘Straw Owner,’ Clinic Operator for Violating Clinic Law, Filing Fraudulent PIP Claims

02/01/2012

Florida CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Miami Clinic Owner for Filing Fraudulent PIP Claims

12/05/2011

CFO Jeff Atwater Appoints Law Enforcement Veteran to Lead the Division of Insurance Fraud

11/29/2011

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Conviction of North Carolina Man in $2.7 Million Workers’ Compensation Insurance Scam

11/21/2011

CFO Atwater Announces Legislative Agenda to Increase Transparency, Protect Consumers, Fight Fraud and Reduce Regulatory Burdens

11/15/2011

Florida CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Senior Scammer in Annuity Fraud Scheme

11/15/2011

Gov. Rick Scott and CFO Jeff Atwater Call for PIP Auto Insurance Reform

10/31/2011

Florida CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrests of Four Miami Fraudsters in Staged Accident Scheme

10/25/2011

Florida CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrests of Five Suspects in Miami Staged Accident Scheme

10/07/2011

Florida CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Jacksonville Man for Grand Theft

09/30/2011

Florida CFO Atwater Announces Arrests of Charlotte County Insurance Professionals for Selling Bogus Insurance

09/06/2011

Meeting of the Money Services Business Workers’ Comp Fraud Work Group

08/26/2011

CFO Atwater’s Fraud Team Busts Accident Clinic Operator For Filing Claims on Behalf of a Dead Doctor

08/25/2011

CFO Atwater Announces Arrest of Tampa Man in an Accident Clinic Money Structuring Scheme

08/24/2011

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces First Meeting of the Money Service Business Workers’ Comp Fraud Work Group

08/03/2011

CFO Jeff Atwater Calls for Review of Check Cashing Services Aiding in Workers’ Comp Fraud

07/08/2011

CFO Atwater Announces Conviction of Tampa-Area Senior Scammer Following Department Sting Operation

06/27/2011

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Three Arrests in Tampa Premium Fraud Scam

06/23/2011

CFO Atwater Announces Conviction of Jacksonville Man in Elaborate Workers’ Comp Fraud Scheme, Illegal Check Cashing Operation

06/22/2011

CFO Atwater Calls for Your Help in Ongoing Search for ‘Most Wanted’ Insurance Fraud Fugitives

06/13/2011

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of North Carolina Man in $2.7 Million Workers’ Compensation Insurance Scam

05/20/2011

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrests in Statewide Crackdown on Identity Theft, Workers’ Compensation Fraud

05/12/2011

Operation No Pain No Gain

05/12/2011

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrests of Winter Haven Massage Clinic Employees in Undercover PIP Fraud Sting

05/03/2011

CFO Atwater Announces Arrests in Orlando PIP Fraud Investigation

04/26/2011

Florida CFO Jeff Atwater: Statement Regarding Legislative Efforts to Fight Auto Insurance Fraud

04/26/2011

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces the Arrest of Mortgage Company Owner in $1.2 Million Scam

04/20/2011

Florida CFO Atwater’s Department Wins $76 Million Judgment Against Former Aries Insurance Company Owners

04/13/2011

CFO Jeff Atwater and State Attorney Jerry Hill Announce the Arrest of Three Polk County Women Charged with Stealing State Funds

04/12/2011

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces the Arrest of ‘Most Wanted’ Insurance Fraud Suspect, Ponzi Scheme Operator

04/07/2011

CFO Jeff Atwater Statement Regarding Staged Accident Demonstration and Meeting with Insurance Fraud Tipsters in Tampa

04/06/2011

CFO Atwater Announces Arrest of Delray Beach Insurance Agent for Scamming Seniors Out of Life Savings

04/05/2011

CFO Atwater Wants You to Help Track Down the ‘Most Wanted’ Insurance Fraud Fugitives

03/30/2011

Statement Regarding Statewide Drug Strike Force

03/10/2011

CFO Atwater Announces Arrest of Miami Public Adjuster in Attempted $2 Million Insurance Fraud Scheme

03/02/2011

CFO Atwater Announces 17 Arrests in Miami-Based Auto Insurance Fraud Bust

03/01/2011

CFO Atwater Announces Sentencing of Miami Public Adjuster for Pocketing $360,000 from 82 Clients

02/10/2011

Florida CFO Jeff Atwater Creates Second PIP Squad in Tampa, Part of Ongoing Push to Put the Brakes on this Costly Crime

02/03/2011

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater Appoints Thomas Kirwin as Deputy CFO Over Law Enforcement

01/28/2011

Florida CFO Atwater Announces Five Arrests Tied to $118,000 in Fraudulent PIP Claims

01/27/2011

CFO Jeff Atwater Provides Rewards to Eight Citizens for Tips that Led to Uncovering $2 Million in Insurance Fraud

01/26/2011

CFO Atwater's Division of Insurance Fraud Arrests Duval County Man on Multiple Charges for Avoiding Workers' Compensation Premiums

01/12/2011

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater Announces Seven Insurance Fraud Arrests in Two Days in Keeping with his Promise to Attack PIP Fraud

01/06/2011

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater Halts an $11.5 Million Mortgage Fraud Scam

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