Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Investigative and Forensic Services (DIFS) today announced the recent arrest of Miami attorney, Anett Lopez, 42, for her involvement in a personal injury protection (PIP) fraud scheme that accounted for nearly $1.5 million in financial loss. Lopez allegedly filed numerous lawsuits demanding payment for treatment of patients at Care Resources Group, LLC, a PIP clinic in Miami that fraudulently operated under a straw ownership.
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and the Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) Division of Investigative and Forensic Services (DIFS) today announced the recent arrest of Ivan Hernandez, owner of Global Staffing / Professional Staffing and Payroll Services in Ft. Myers. Hernandez is alleged to have ran a criminal enterprise by claiming to provide workers’ compensation insurance and payroll services to his clients but instead of providing those services, Hernandez allegedly provided fictitious policies and pocketed his client’s payments. As a result, Hernandez is being held responsible for the theft of more than $1,000,000.
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater today announced an exciting transition involving the law enforcement units housed within the Florida Department of Financial Services. Three sworn law enforcement units operate under the direction of the Department, which is led by CFO Atwater—the Division of Insurance Fraud, the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations, and the Office of Fiscal Integrity. To create greater efficiencies and to streamline the way the Department does business, these units were combined into the newly-formed Division of Forensic and Investigative Services, also known as DIFS, effective July 1.