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Oficial Principal de Finanzas Jimmy Patronis: El Estafador de Seguros del Huracán Irma Fue Arrestado por Robar $14,000 de los Propietarios de Viviendas

1/15/2019

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Contact: Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com

Oficial Principal de Finanzas Jimmy Patronis: El Estafador de Seguros del Huracán Irma Fue Arrestado por Robar $14,000 de los Propietarios de Viviendas

ORANGE CITY, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis today announced the arrest of Mary Bruce for unlicensed public adjusting and filing false and fraudulent liens on individuals' homes following Hurricane Irma. In total, Bruce stole $14,000 from homeowners.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “After a hurricane, Florida families are incredibly vulnerable and my fraud teams ensure that scammers who take advantage are found and thrown in jail. If you need repairs to your home and an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Report these incidents so we can get these criminals off the streets and deter others from committing these crimes.” 
 
Following Hurricane Irma in September 2017, CFO Patronis’ investigators discovered that Bruce approached roofing companies and homeowners in Central Florida and falsely identified herself as a “claims manager.” Bruce told homeowners she could increase prior hurricane insurance claim settlements up to $30,000, but would require homeowners to sign a Power of Attorney document in order to do so.
 
Once signed, Bruce would submit an adjusted claim to the insurance company, doubling the original cost estimates submitted previously. If the insurance company refused to pay the increased adjusted amount, Bruce would then place a lien on the homeowner’s property.
 
Bruce was arrested and booked into the Volusia County Jail on charges of unlicensed public adjuster and filing of false and fraudulent lien. If convicted, Bruce faces up to 10 years in prison.
 
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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. El Oficial Principal de Finanzas Patronis trabaja todos los días para luchar contra el fraude de seguros, apoyar a los bomberos de la Florida y garantizar que las finanzas del estado sean estables para respaldar el crecimiento financiero del estado. Siga las actividades del Departamento en Facebook (FLDFS) y Twitter (@FLDFS).