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CFO Jimmy Patronis: Insurance Fraud Charges Filed in Williams Murder Case


For Immediate Release: Friday, August 10, 2018
Contact: Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, 
CFO Jimmy Patronis: Insurance Fraud Charges Filed in Williams Murder Case

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis’ office charged Denise Williams with three counts of insurance fraud greater than $100,000, all first-degree felonies. In May, CFO Patronis directed his Division of Investigative and Forensic Services to investigate life insurance fraud relating to Mike Williams’ disappearance nearly two decades ago.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “The Williams case is a tragedy that has shocked the Tallahassee community and reverberated across the nation. The insurance fraud charges are just one part of this case, and I assure the community we will work diligently toward a successful prosecution. Insurance fraud is a very serious crime, one that impacts every single insurance consumer. It’s especially disturbing when an individual is attempting to profit off someone’s death. I am proud of our dedicated insurance fraud team for their commitment to bringing criminals to justice.”
CFO Patronis’ Division of Investigative and Forensic Services conducted a criminal investigation into the facts surrounding the insurance claims which followed Mike Williams’ death. This investigation found that Denise Williams fraudulently listed the cause of death as “accidental drowning” for three insurance policies.  According to testimony, Denise Williams knew her husband would be the victim of a homicide.
About CFO Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a native Floridian 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).