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Aventura Agent Barred from Insurance Industry

5/17/2002

TALLAHASSEE - An Aventura insurance agent has voluntarily surrendered his state license based on allegations that he was involved in a scheme that misled elderly customers throughout central and south Florida into buying life insurance when they thought they were buying or renewing health insurance policies.

Florida Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner Tom Gallagher said today he has approved a Consent Order in which Jay Steven Goldman, 38, agreed to permanently withdraw from Florida's insurance industry.

Last November, the Florida Department of Insurance issued administrative complaints against Goldman and three other agents suspected to have been involved in the scheme: Brian Lee Shechtman of Hollywood, Mark Mittleman of Miami, and Gregory John O'Connor of Miramar.

The complaints stem from a scam in which former agents Dean and Brad Shechtman, whose licenses were previously revoked by the department, allegedly paid Mittleman, Goldman, and O'Connor for the fraudulent use of their credentials. Working with Brian Shechtman, the group, all cousins, allegedly convinced elderly victims in Bonita Springs, Englewood, Punta Gorda, Fort Myers, North Fort Myers, Plant City, Sebring, Port Charlotte, and Naples to purchase or renew health insurance policies when in fact the consumers were unknowingly sold life insurance policies.

Goldman was licensed in Florida in April 2000.

If you suspect that you or someone you know may have been a victim, contact the department's Fraud hotline at 1-800-378-0445.