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Insurance Fraud Defense 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.

For fraud investigations at the state level, many of these cases are investigated by local law enforcement agencies or detectives with the Department of Financial Services, Division of Investigative & Forensic Services out of the Tampa Office at 8600 Hidden River Parkway, Suite 100. Our attorneys are familiar with these types of cases. Before talking to a detective, seek out the services of a criminal defense attorney who can help you during every phase of the investigation.

Before talking to an investigator or detective, seek out the services of a criminal defense attorney who can help you during every phase of the investigation. If the investigator or detective finds probable cause that insurance fraud has occurred, then a warrant for your arrest can be issued.

After the arrest, the prosecutor with the State Attorney's Office or Office of the Statewide Prosecution typically takes 21 days to decide whether to formally file criminal charges. In some cases, the filing decision is already made when the warrant for insurance fraud is issued.

Attorney for Insurance Fraud Investigations in Tampa, FL

The attorneys at the Sammis Law firm represent individuals during the early or "pre-file" stages of the insurance fraud case when the investigation begins.

The goal in the pre-file stage is convincing the investigator or detective with Florida's Division of Insurance Fraud that criminal charges should not be filed. We are also familiar with fraud investigations by detectives with the Department of Financial Services, Division of Investigative & Forensic Services. 

If you are the target of a fraud investigation related to an insurance case, don't make a statement until after you have spoken to an attorney. The insurance companies have teams of investigators that are working on finding fraud. When the insurance company finds fraud, they often turn the case over to state investigators or detectives.

You need an attorney focused on you and protecting your rights. Call us to discuss your case at 813-250-0500.


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 Friday, October 5, 2018.

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