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  Vol. 7 No. 2 February 2018

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Tallahassee Woman Charged with Grand Theft and Insurance Fraud for Stealing $225,000 by Attempted Mortgage Fraud

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis announced the recent arrest of Michellet Alexandra Lincoln, owner of Lyonsgate Acquisitions Corporation, for allegedly stealing $225,000 from a local couple who thought they were purchasing a new home. Lincoln allegedly forged fraudulent documents in order to acquire and sell real estate that she did not own.

CFO Patronis’ Division of Investigative & Forensic Services (DIFS) received a tip alleging that Lincoln and Lyonsgate Acquisitions Corporation (Lyonsgate) may have engaged in illegal activity surrounding the sale of a home in Tallahassee. As a result, DIFS took a closer look into the allegations.

"Preying on vulnerable Floridians will not be tolerated under my watch,” said CFO Jimmy Patronis. “A home is often the largest and most valuable investment you can make. If you take advantage of unsuspecting Floridians, we will catch you and throw you in jail.”

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Winter Park Periodontist Convicted of Fabricating False Insurance Claims

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Attorney General Pam Bondi announced the recent conviction of Dr. Steven Perelmuter, a Winter Park Periodontist. Dr. Perelmuter was adjudicated guilty for submitting fraudulent claims and billing insurance companies for services that were never rendered. As a result of his actions, Dr. Perelmuter fraudulently false claimsobtained nearly $900,000 in reimbursements.

As a result of the successful prosecution by Attorney General Pam Bondi's Office of Statewide Prosecution, Dr. Perelmuter was sentenced to 45 days in jail with 10 years of probation. Dr. Perelmuter was also ordered to pay restitution. At the time of his plea he provided payments of $357,026 and $42,974 and will provide additional payments totaling $345,493 at the rate of $5,000 per month until the balance is paid in full to the affected insurance companies. Dr. Perelmuter was ordered to surrender his license as a periodontist effective February 6, 2018, and is no longer licensed to practice Dentistry within the State of Florida.

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$1.8 Million Workers’ Comp Scam Leads to the Arrest of Jacksonville Company Owner

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis today announced the recent arrest of Jeovane Felizardo, owner of JJF Construction Services, LLC, after a workers' compensation fraud investigation revealed that Felizardo allegedly used various local money service businesses to cash checks in an alleged attempt to illegally conceal his total payroll from his workers’ compensation insurance provider to avoid higher premium costs.

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