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Division Director

Jack Heacock

Assistant Director

Georgia Pellegrino

Public Assistance Fraud
200 East Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0318
PAF Phone Number
(850) 413-4040
Fraud Hotline
(866) 762-2237

SLEB Summer Conference

July 16th & 17th

Sheraton Sand Key Resort

Westin Hotel Tampa

This year’s conference will focus on the influence that food assistance benefit trafficking has on community crime, recent successes by SLEB partner agencies from around the state, identifying targets of trafficking investigations, evolving trends in response to greater enforcement, and methods to effectively prosecute cases of trafficking. This year, we are adding a workshop on media relations, and I encourage you to bring your agency’s public information officer to join us at the conference. The conference gives each agency an opportunity to engage and communicate with one another so that we can better coordinate our enforcement efforts.

Conference Agenda


CFO Jeff Atwater

"As Florida's Chief Financial Office, it has always been my goal to aggressively curb fraud and waste in Florida's public assistance programs and it is my mission to protect honest Floridians from those who choose to steal and game the system. I am proud of the successful track record that my Division of Public Assistance Fraud has had over the past 14 years as the SLEB for Florida. This year's conference will help further engage and allow for increased communication between each agency. I encourage you to join us in July!"

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater


Sheriff Brad Steube

“The misuse of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards is alarming. The cards are traded for illegal narcotics, stolen goods, or sold for 50 cents on the dollar. Law enforcement must partner together with efforts to combat the fraudulent use of these cards.”

Manatee County Sheriff W. Brad Steube


Sheriff Wayne Ivey

“Join me and other law enforcement leaders to discover how you can leverage state resources to combat community crime through EBT trafficking investigations.”

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey






Sheriff Mike Scott

"Bust a drug house and you’ll find it right in front of you, but you may not know it. Take a closer look and you’re most likely going to find dozens of EBT cards issued to dozens of individuals. That’s just a glimpse in how food stamp fraud is now a multi-million dollar criminal enterprise in every county of the state. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you it’s not just the drug trade, so I encourage you to “team-up” with us at the two-day conference. You’ll hear the latest from those discovering just how widespread and intricate this trafficking has become. It will be well worth your time."

Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott




Chief Dennis Jones

The partnership between the Tallahassee Police Department, the Department of Children and Families, U.S. Postal Inspection Services and the Department of Financial Services, which investigates public assistance fraud in Florida has allowed our investigators the ability to aggressively seek out those who are trying to defraud the system. The cooperation between these agencies underscores Florida’s aggressive approach to reducing fraud and detecting possible identity theft, allowing all of our resources to be used under one umbrella for the sole purpose of reducing public assistance crimes”.

Tallahassee Police Chief Dennis Jones




A Message from Deputy CFO Jay Etheridge


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To Make Guest Room Reservations

Contact the Sheraton Sand Key Resort

1160 Gulf Boulevard
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
(727) 595-1611



Tax exempt agencies must provide tax exempt
certificates to the hotel at the time of check in.


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Conference Registration Information

SLEB Summer Conference 2013

Online Registration - Closed

July 16-17, 2013
Clearwater Beach

This Conference is being offered free of charge to all currently registered attendees. Online registration is now closed. Contact Lisa Allen Conference Coordinator at 850-413-4050 or lisa.allen@myfloridacfo.com if you have questions concerning registration.