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CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Sixteen Arrests in Tampa in a Joint Workers’ Compensation Fraud Sting

Tampa, Fla. – Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of 16 individuals in a workers’ compensation insurance fraud sting operation involving unlicensed contractors in Manatee County. The operation was in collaboration with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). Leer más...

CFO Patronis Applauds Gov. DeSantis Signing of My Safe Florida Home Expansion

Tallahassee, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis applauded Governor Ron DeSantis for signing legislation to fund and improve the My Safe Florida Home (MSFH) program. The successful MSFH program provides free home inspections and up to $10,000 in grants to allow Florida homeowners to strengthen their home against storms with home hardening products like impact resistant doors and windows, while cutting insurance costs through mandatory home mitigation discounts. Legislation signed into law today provides an additional $200 million in funding for the program. Since 2022, the program has successfully completed more than 104,000 free home inspections, approved more than 38,000 grant applications, and obligated nearly $390 million in home hardening grants. Since May of 2022, the state has invested more than $600 million in the My Safe Florida Home program to help Floridians harden their homes and reduce insurance costs. Leer más...

**CONSUMER ALERT** CFO Jimmy Patronis: Last Chance to Take Advantage of the Home Hardening Sales Tax Exemption

Tallahassee, Fla. - Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is encouraging Floridians to take advantage of the Florida Home Hardening Sales Tax Initiative before it ends on June 30, 2024. This initiative established a two-year sales tax exemption on the retail sales of items like impact-resistant windows, doors, and garage doors. Overall, the Florida Home Hardening Sales Tax Exemption program has saved homeowners an estimated $462.6 million during the course of the exemption period.

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “Hurricane season is less than 50 days away and now is the time to fortify your home against storms while saving on sales tax. The Florida Home Hardening initiative has been an incredible help to Floridians, as homeowners have saved an estimated $462.6 million in sales tax. If you strengthen your home by installing impact-resistant items like windows, doors, and garage doors then you are eligible for mandatory premium savings with your homeowners insurance company. Together, with the My Safe Florida Home program, we have used every tool in the toolbox to help harden homes, lower insurance premiums, and combat rising insurance rates in our state. Unfortunately, Mother Nature loves paradise, and in Florida it’s not if, but when a hurricane is going to impact our state. Don’t wait! Take advantage of the Home Hardening Sales tax exemption before hurricane season begins and protect your biggest investment – your home.”

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CFO Jimmy Patronis: Hurricane Season is 50 Days Away, Prepare Now!

Tallahassee, Fla. – With the start of the 2024 Hurricane Season just 50 days away, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis highlights “Prepare Florida,” a disaster preparedness initiative to encourage Floridians to prepare now before a hurricane makes landfall. CFO Patronis’ website serves as a one-stop-shop for disaster preparedness information and resources to help Floridians ensure they are prepared to weather the next storm.  Leer más...

CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Arrest in Miami Workers’ Comp Premium Fraud Scheme


Miami, Fla. - Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Gustavo Antonio Munguia for Workers’ Compensation Premium Fraud and Grand Theft. Munguia, the owner of American Iron Group Corp was actively concealing his payroll to avoid paying a higher workers' compensation premium. According to Travelers Property and Casualty Company of America, had the additional payroll been reported, American Iron Group Corp would have been assessed approximately $253,000 in additional premium charges. Leer más...