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CFO Jimmy Patronis Pushes Florida Senate to Protect Consumers by Passing AOB Reform

4/18/2019

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Contact: Katie Strickland, 850.413.2842, katie.strickland@myfloridacfo.com
Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com 

CFO Jimmy Patronis Pushes Florida Senate to Protect Consumers by Passing AOB Reform

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As Senate Bill 122 passed the Rules Committee and now heads to the floor for a vote by the Florida Senate, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis urges senators to vote in favor of this important reform to curb assignment of benefits (AOB) abuse.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “We continue to see bad actors taking advantage of Floridians through the abuse of AOB contracts. Just last week, my investigators arrested a contractor in Jacksonville for AOB-related crimes, and we are now learning that this contractor allegedly scammed vulnerable Panhandle residents after Hurricane Michael.

"At the end of the day, I don’t stand with the insurance companies; I don’t stand with contractors; I don’t stand with attorneys; I stand with Florida’s homeowners on this issue. They cannot remain stuck in the middle—we must pass reform to protect Florida consumers. That’s why I’m urging every member of the Florida Senate to stand up for their constituents. The hardworking families in our state deserve your support and lawmakers can do so by voting ‘yes’ on AOB reform to help stop this mounting abusive practice.”
 
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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).