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Investigators with the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office, Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations and the Tallahassee Fire Department have determined that the fire that occurred yesterday, February 1st, at Leon High School in Tallahassee was intentionally set and an act of arson. Fire investigators are working jointly with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office to identify the person(s) responsible for this act. At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that the fire is related to yesterday’s arrest, but the investigation remains open and ongoing.
MIAMI, Fla. - The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF) today announced the arrest of two unlicensed insurance agents from Miami-Dade County. Noel Ruiz of Miami and Alberto B Franco of Hialeah were involved in a “straw owner” scheme that defrauded numerous insurance companies, resulting in more than $650,000 in financial losses.
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS – The Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office, which operates under the direction of the Florida Department of Financial Services and CFO Jeff Atwater, today announced the arrest of Travis Michael Pierce, 27, for allegedly setting two separate structure fires at the local golf club “The Links at 434” club house in Altamonte Springs on January 1st and 4th, 2016. Pierce, a former volunteer firefighter from Pennsylvania, is not new to arson charges.