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CFO Patronis Announces Arrest in $350K Miami Workers’ Compensation Fraud Scheme

8/23/2023
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842

CFO Patronis Announces Arrest in $350K Miami Workers’ Compensation Fraud Scheme

MIAMI, Fla. – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Miguel Porras, owner of Thiago’s Enterprise Construction Inc., for Workers’ Compensation Premium Fraud of more than $350,000 after actively concealing payroll to avoid paying a higher workers’ compensation premium.

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “Fraud is not only costly for the victims, but it drives up insurance rates and creates uncertainty in the marketplace. As CFO, I have worked hand-in-hand with our fraud teams to take down bad actors who want to take advantage of the system and scam Floridians from basic protections in the workplace. Kudos to our Worker’s Compensation Fraud team for putting this fraudster behind bars and keeping Floridians safe.”

An investigation was conducted by the Department of Financial Services, Division of Investigative and Forensic Services, Bureau of Workers' Compensation Fraud, which revealed that Mr. Miguel Porras, owner of Thiago's Enterprise Construction Inc., actively concealed his payroll to avoid paying a higher workers' compensation premium. In 2021, Porras applied for workers' compensation coverage with Southeast Personnel Leasing Inc. with an estimated annual remuneration of $56,104. Based on the provided information, a traditional policy was issued with an estimated annual premium of $4,400.00. 

The investigation revealed that Porras, on behalf of Thiago's Enterprise Construction Inc., failed to notify his insurance company of significant payroll changes. Detectives were able to determine during the policy period, Porras actually collected over $5,995,518.99 in labor costs paid from contractors to his company. According to Southeast Personnel Leasing Inc., had the additional payroll been reported Thiago's Enterprise Construction Inc. would have been assessed an additional $357,129.00 in premium charges.

On August 22, 2023, Porras was arrested and booked in the Miami- Dade County Jail where he was charged with Workers' Compensation Premium Fraud and Grand Theft. Both are first degree felonies and, if convicted, he faces up to 60 years in prison.

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About CFO Jimmy Patronis  
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).

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