CFO Jimmy Patronis' Hurricane Michael Insurance Villages Recovered $4.1 million for Policyholders
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (11/22/19) - CFO Jimmy Patronis' Hurricane Michael Insurance Villages Recovered $4.1 million for Policyholders in Four Months.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, "One year ago, the Florida Panhandle was changed forever by Hurricane Michael. Unfortunately, the recovery has been hampered by the more than 17,000 outstanding insurance claims left open a full year after the storm. This weekend, my Consumer Services Team hosted 30 insurance companies at our Hurricane Michael Insurance Village in Panama City where an estimated $1,451,815 in claims payments have been made to consumers after meeting with their insurance company in person.
"While this is great progress in paying out remaining claims, it's past time insurance companies step up for the consumers who pay their premiums faithfully month after month. If you're still having issues with claims, please call my helpline today at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO for free assistance."
CFO Jimmy Patronis Highlights Cybersecurity
at AIF Forum in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. (11/21/19) -
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis gave the keynote address during the Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) Cybersecurity Forum.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, "I was happy to speak with business leaders from across the state today on the importance of cybersecurity and fraud prevention in Florida. From phishing emails to robocalls, Floridians face new and ever evolving cyber security threats every single day. Our citizens and businesses are constantly under attack and we must continue to work together to better understand cybersecurity and stay ahead of the curve to stop the fraud epidemic in our state."
If you or your business has been the victim of cyber fraud or scams, report it at FraudFreeFlorida.com.
OIR Approves a 7.5% Decrease to Florida's Workers' Compensation Insurance Rates
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (11/19/19) - Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier has issued a Final Order granting approval to the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) for a statewide overall decrease of 7.5% for Florida workers' compensation insurance rates. This applies to both new and renewal workers' compensation insurance policies effective in Florida as of January 1, 2020.
"Florida is an ideal place to do business and I am committed to keeping our workforce and economy strong. This decrease in workers' compensation rates is very good news for employers and one more reason for companies to be located in our great state," said Governor Ron DeSantis.
**Consumer Alert** CFO Jimmy Patronis: Move
Your Alexa, Siri, or Google Home Assistant Away
from Windows to Protect from Lasers 'Hack'
Tallahassee, Fla. (11/07/19) - Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis alerts consumers of a recent study showing that voice assistants like Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri and Google's Assistant can be "hacked" with special lasers. Troubling details from the study outline that hackers can attack a smart speaker with a laser from outside your house to break in by opening a smart garage door or steal your money by making online purchases.
CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Arrest of
Unlicensed Doctor in Osceola County Insurance Fraud Bust
Kissimmee, Fla. (10/30/19) - Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Ozioma Maduka of Osceola Injury Center, LLC for allegedly practicing as a health care professional without a license and fraudulent billing for unlicensed medical treatments.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, "Fraud in our state has reached epidemic proportions and we must work together to protect Floridians from these costly crimes. Posing as a doctor without a medical license to purposely deceive and defraud consumers is despicable and can put patients at risk. If you feel you have been the victim of insurance fraud, report it immediately at FraudFreeFlorida.com".
CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Arrest in
$500,000 Kissimmee Accident Clinic Fraud Scheme
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (10/29/19) - Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Dr. Celestino Santi of Accident Care Center of Boggy Creek for allegedly defrauding nine auto insurance companies out of more than $500,000 in unlicensed medical billing.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, "Insurance fraud is estimated to cost Americans more than $40 billion a year and informes show this translates to an estimated premiums increase to the average U.S. family of between $400 and $700 a year. Scams like this one put people in harm's way and drives up the cost of insurance."
CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Arrest of
Insurance Agent in $99,000 Senior Annuity Scam
WESTON, Fla. (10/17/19) - Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of insurance agent Alberto Soulier for allegedly defrauding a Florida senior of approximately $99,000 in an annuity investment scam. Investigators allege that for several years Soulier created fake investment companies and pocketed the annuity premiums of a South Florida senior citizen.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, "Defrauding any Floridian is unacceptable but it is especially despicable when scam artists target seniors who have worked their entire lives to build a nest egg. My dedicated fraud investigators are working every day to root out fraud and hold bad actors accountable. It's vital that Florida's seniors understand the warning signs of fraud and remember that if an offer sounds too good to be true, it usually is. If you feel you have been a victim of fraud, report it immediately at FraudFreeFlorida.com".
CFO Jimmy Patronis Appointed to FEMA National Advisory Council
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (10/16/19) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that Acting Administrator Pete Gaynor has appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis to FEMA's National Advisory Council (NAC). The NAC is an advisory committee established by federal law to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal emergency management activities.
CFO Jimmy Patronis Gives Opening Remarks at Blockchain Task Force Meeting
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (09/23/19) - Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis gave opening remarks at the first meeting of Florida's new Blockchain Task Force. CFO Patronis supported the establishment of the Florida Blockchain Task Force within the Department of Financial Services to study how to grow this industry in Florida.
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