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Insurance Fraud Prosecutions in Tampa, FL

Each year law enforcement detectives with the Division of Insurance Fraud receive and review more than 10,000 referrals alleging instances of insurance fraud. Florida's Division of Insurance Fraud was established by the Florida legislature in 1976. It is the law enforcement arm of the Department of Financial Services. Florida's Chief Financial Officer is Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official.

If you are under investigation for insurance fraud, organizing a scheme to defraud or any other type of white collar crime, then contact a criminal defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm. Call 813-250-0500 to discuss your case today. If you believe that you are under investigation for insurance fraud then you should not make any statements until after you have spoken with a criminal defense attorney about the case.

The attorneys at the Sammis Law firm represent individuals during the early or "pre-file" stages of the case when the investigation begins. The goal in the pre-file stage is convincing the investigator with Florida's Division of Insurance Fraud that criminal charges should not be filed.

If the investigator finds probable cause that insurance fraud has occurred then he or she can obtain a warrant for your arrest. After the arrest, the State Attorney's Office typically takes 21 days to decide whether to formally file criminal charges. Many of these cases are aggressviely prosecuted by the Office of Statewide Prosecution instead of local prosecutors.


Definition of Insurance Fraud in Florida

Insurance fraud is typically defined as any action a person takes with the intention to fraudulently obtain payment from an insurance company or insurer.

More than one thousand of these cases are presented for prosecution each year resulting in thousands of individuals throughout the State of Florida being arrested and facing serious felony charges. Insurance fraud cases can include any of the following:


Statistics for Insurance Fraud in Florida

Insurance fraud statistics from the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud (CAIF) in 2008 show that among the different fraud divisions in various states, Florida ranks highly in the following areas:

  • Fourth (4th) in the number of referrals from insurance fraud investigations;
  • Third (3rd) in the number of insurance fraud cases presented for prosecution; and
  • Second (2nd) in the number of arrests for insurance fraud cases.

Additionally, insurance fraud statistics in Florida show that according to a study by the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud (CAIF), Florida’s Division of Insurance Fraud leads the United States in the recovery of losses from insurance fraud through restitution that is court ordered. In 2009, the Division of Insurance Fraud prosecuted cases and obtained court orders for restitution that totaled more than $34 million.


Finding an Insurance Fraud Attorney in Tampa

If you are looking for a criminal defense attorney in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL, then call the Sammis Law Firm to discuss your case. Call 813-250-0500 today.

The attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm are experienced in representing clients charged with insurance fraud or related charges for organizing a scheme to defraud in Tampa, Hillsborough County, and the surrounding counties including Pinellas County, Pasco County, Hernando County, Polk County, and Manatee County, FL.

If you are under investigation by the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud then call us today.


This article was last updated on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.