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  Vol. 7 No. 1 January 2018

News You Can Use
- Updating you on what's going on


Declaración del Oficial Principal de Finanzas Jimmy Patronis sobre la Aprobación del Proyecto de Ley "Cargos por Congelación de Informes de Crédito" por el Comité de la Cámara Final

El Oficial Principal de Finanzas (CFO) Jimmy Patronis emitió la siguiente declaración en relación con la aprobación unánime del Proyecto de Ley de la Cámara 953, patrocinado por el Rep. Shawn Harrison (R-Tampa), por parte del Comité de Comercio de la Cámara de Representantes de la Florida. Seguridad

“In today’s digital world data breaches have become our reality, and it’s important for Floridians to be able to easily freeze their credit to protect themselves from fraud. This vote in the House Commerce Committee is a win for Florida consumers.

“Thank you to Rep. Harrison for his steadfast commitment to eliminating the credit report freeze fee, to Commissioner Putnam for his work with me on this issue, and Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) for his leadership on this issue in the Senate. I look forward to seeing this measure pass this legislative session.”

La siguiente parada para el Proyecto de Ley de la Cámara 953 es el piso de la Cámara.


Oficial Principal de Finanzas y Jefe de Bomberos del Estado Jimmy Patronis: Tomen Medidas Inmediatas para Combatir la Epidemia de la Gripe

Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis calls on state organizations and companies to take immediate action to fight the flu epidemic. Recent reports state there have already been more than 20 pediatric deaths associated with the flu, with two of those deaths occurring right here in Florida. In an open letter, CFO Patronis encourages Department of Financial Services (DFS) offices, Florida Health Insurance Companies and HMOs, Florida Fire Marshals and Fire Departments, Florida State Chartered Banks and Credit Unions, Florida Licensed Insurance Agents, and FloridaHealthy Kids to help Florida fight the flu epidemic.Click aquí para ver una copia de la carta.

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Hombre de Clearwater Acusado de Posesión y Fabricación de Dispositivos Explosivos Ilegales

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis, who oversees the Image result for Explosive MaterialDepartment of Financial Services (DFS), announced the recent arrest of Jared C. Brady following an investigation led by the Department's Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations' (BFAI) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit. Additional support was provided by the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and as a result of the investigation, Brady faces charges of manufacturing and possessing destructive devices after investigators found him in possession of a homemade explosive and evidence of him manufacturing illegal explosive devices in his home.

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CFO Patronis: If you Scam Seniors, We’ll Throw you in Jail

in jail CFO Jimmy Patronis announced today the recent arrest of Victor Rennols, an ex-appointed New Jersey insurance agent with Great American Insurance Group, who stole a total of $100,000 from three senior New Jersey residents by selling fake annuities. Rennols misrepresented himself as an appointed agent with Great American Insurance Group and would travel to Naples, Florida, where Rennols had family ties, to cash the victims’ monies.

CFO Patronis’ Bureau of Insurance Fraud (BIF) received a referral from the Great American Insurance Group regarding Rennols’ misrepresentation of himself as a current, employed insurance agent and his alleged sale of annuity accounts under their business name. As a result of BIF's investigation, it was discovered that Rennols received payment from three senior citizen victims, but kept the funds for personal use instead of opening the annuity accounts with Great American Insurance.

“I want to be clear: If you scam seniors, we will find you and we will arrest you,” said CFO Jimmy Patronis. “My consumer services office works daily to protect seniors from being taken advantage of, and our law enforcement teams do everything possible to root out the criminals that prey on our most vulnerable consumers.”

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$1.8 Million Workers’ Comp Scam Leads to the Arrest of Jacksonville Company Owner

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis announced the recent arrest of Jeovane Felizardo, owner of JJF Construction Services, LLC, after a workers' compensation fraud investigation revealed that Felizardo allegedly used various local money service businesses to cash checks in an alleged attempt to illegally conceal his total payroll from his workers’roofer compensation insurance provider to avoid higher premium costs.

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Médico Quiropráctico de Cape Coral Arrestado por Robar Más de $64,000

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis and the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced the recent arrest of Renoir Cadet, a licensed healthcare practitioner holding a certified Chiropractic Physician’s Assistant license. Cadet faces charges of forgery, uttering, scheme to defraud, and grand theft after allegedly stealing $64,436 in insurance claim monies from his business partner at Image Chiropractic.

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Construction Company Owner Arrested Following $700,000 Workers� Comp Scam

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Maria Cristina Romero Zelaya, owner of Miochosis Construction, Inc. Zelaya allegedly provided fictitious information when applying for workers’ compensation insurance coverage to obtain a lower premium. As a result, Zelaya illegally avoided paying more than $700,000 in premium payments and left her employees uninsured and vulnerable to workplace injuries.

“When companies lie to obtain cheaper, inadequate workers’ compensation policies, staff or property owners are left vulnerable to covering sky-high medical costs if a worker gets injured on the job, and free markets are disrupted by scammers who can underbid their legitimate competitors," said CFO Patronis. "It’s a lose-lose situation for Florida, and I won’t stand for it.”

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El Oficial Principal de Finanzas y Jefe de Bomberos del Estado Jimmy Patronis Toma Juramento del Nuevo K9 que Detecta Explosivos

Durante la reunión de hoy del Gobernador y el Gabinete, el Oficial Principal de Finanzas y Jefe de Bomberos del Estado Jimmy Patronis, que supervisa el Departamento de Servicios Financieros (DFS), llevó adelante una ceremonia de jura para Oregon, el miembro más nuevo de la Unidad de Desactivación de Explosivos (EOD) de la Oficina de Investigaciones de Incendios Naturales y Premeditados del DFS.

Oregon’s handler, Detective Monty Taylor, has more than 15 years of experience as a K9 handler and has served with DFS’ EOD Units for nine years. Together, K9 Oregon and Detective Taylor will continue to support local law enforcement agencies across Florida, predominately in rural regions of the state, where explosive detecting resources may not be readily available. Detective Taylor and K9 Oregon will be housed out of the South Central Region in Polk County but will serve as a statewide asset.

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Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis Sponsors Resolution For Children�s Home Society of Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – During today’s meeting of the Governor and Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis sponsored a resolution highlighting the Children’s Home Society of Florida’s tireless efforts supporting the growth, protection and success of Florida’s foster children.

"Florida�s children are the future fabric of our communities and it is imperative that we continue to provide all children with as many opportunities for success that we can," said CFO Jimmy Patronis. "I applaud the Children�s Home Society of Florida and their 115-year commitment to ensuring Florida�s foster children have the support they need to rise above life's challenges and reach their full potential."

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