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CFO Jimmy Patronis: Orange County Cop Arrested for Insurance Fraud

2/21/2019

For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Contact: Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com

CFO Jimmy Patronis: Orange County Cop Arrested for Insurance Fraud

ORLANDO, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Wadih Ojeil, a deputy with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, after he allegedly filed a false and fraudulent automobile insurance claim for $2,230 with the GEICO insurance company.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “Not only is filing false insurance claims illegal, but it drives up insurance rates for hardworking Floridians. This deputy swore to uphold and protect the law, but instead he committed fraud for personal gain. No matter who you are, my fraud detectives will find you and you will be held accountable.”
 
CFO Patronis’ fraud investigators revealed that on July 6, 2018, Ojeil struck a deer with his 2012 Ford Mustang damaging his personal vehicle. After the incident, Ojeil contacted his insurance company to add comprehensive coverage to his existing automotive policy. He did not report any existing damage when he added the comprehensive coverage and specifically asked GEICO if the added insurance covered deer collision. The new coverage did not go into effect until July 9, three days after the incident.
 
Once the coverage went into effect, Ojeil contacted his insurance company to file a claim on July 10, claiming he hit a deer causing damage to his vehicle. During a recorded interview with CFO Patronis’ fraud detectives, Ojeil admitted he filed a fraudulent insurance claim and that he added comprehensive coverage to his policy, knowing the vehicle had already been damaged.
 
Ojeil was arrested on February 15, 2019, and booked into the Orange County Jail. Ojeil was charged with filing a false and fraudulent insurance claim. If convicted, Ojeil faces up to 5 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).