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The Florida Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF), which operates under the direction of CFO Jeff Atwater, today announced that additional charges have been filed against Orange County insurance agent Mario Ferreri, owner of Orlando-based Financial Management Resources. After being arrested last year for allegedly stealing more than $1,000,000 from his clients, Ferreri is in the spotlight again as another victim has come forward in suspicion that a $95,000 check intended for an annuity payment may have also been stolen by the insurance agent.
CFO Jeff Atwater today announced the appointment of Joel Brown as press secretary for the Department of Financial Services. Joel previously served as the Department’s Tampa Bay Regional Manager where he focused on constituent services and community outreach. In his new role, Joel will work with the media on all Department matters.
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.