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CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Arrest of Insurance Agent for Fraud

6/4/2024
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Arrest of Insurance Agent for Fraud

SARASOTA, Fla. - Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis and the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) announce the arrest of Insurance Agent, Bryce Corey Tyminski, for alleged fraudulent insurance claims and criminal use of personal identification. Tyminski intended to defraud Americo Financial Life & Annuity Insurance Company and American Amicable Life Insurance Company of Texas out of more than $1,200.

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, "Insurance fraud is a serious crime that undermines the trust between policyholders and insurance professionals, and it drives up the cost of insurance for everyone. I urge all Floridians to protect your personal information, double-check any insurance documents for accuracy, and be on the lookout for any suspicious activity. If you suspect insurance fraud, please report it immediately at FraudFreeFlorida.com.”

After a complaint was received by the victim, a CID investigation revealed that on November 12, 2023, Tyminski allegedly wrote two life insurance policies with Americo Financial Life & Annuity Insurance Company and American Amicable Life Insurance Company of Texas in the victim’s name without their knowledge or consent. Tyminski also allegedly used the victim’s personal identification willfully and without their consent on the life insurance policies and allegedly used a false address, phone number, fake email account, and other false information on the application. Tyminski knowingly presented false, incomplete, and misleading information as part of an application for issuance of an insurance policy. He also willfully and without authorization fraudulently used the victim’s personal identification without their consent with the intent to deceive both insurance companies.

Tyminski was arrested and booked into the Lee County Jail on charges of False and Fraudulent Insurance Claims (Application) and Criminal Use of Personal Identification. The Lee County State Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case, and if convicted, the defendant could face up to 20 years in prison.

Please Note: In legislation recently signed by Governor DeSantis, the Division of Investigative and Forensic Services has been renamed the Criminal Investigations Division or “CID.”

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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 X(@FLDFS).

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