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The Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF) today announced the recent arrests of Christian Ponce, Nelson Vargas Mercado, Luz Rosario-Escudero and a Jacksonville Blue Cross Blue Shield employee, Janelle Denise Lundy, for their alleged involvement in a personal injury protection (PIP) scheme that defrauded numerous insurance companies for a combined total of at least $45,000. Two participants, Damaris Garcia Sanchez and Jacqueline Santiago, still remain at large.
The Department of Financial Services’ Division of Investigative and Forensic Services (DIFS) today announced the recent arrest of Sheyla Veronica White following her attempt to fraudulently collect workers’ compensation payments following an alleged on-the-job injury. White claimed that a sprinkler head fell from the ceiling, bounced off her desk, and struck her in the head. Her employer, Cinque Terre Energy Partners, LLC promptly filed a compensation claim related to the alleged injury. Video surveillance footage later proved a different series of events surrounding the alleged injury.
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced that the Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) Florida Accountability Contract Tracking System (FACTS) has been nominated by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) as a finalist in the Open Government and Data, Information and Knowledge Management category for the 2016 NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards. Award winners will be announced Monday, September 19 during the NASCIO Annual Conference in Orlando.

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