In his inaugural address today, newly installed Florida Gov. Rick Scott said "dreams are the stuff Florida is made of." He also fervently expressed his desire to remove every shred of regulatory oversight that he says hampers the private sector.
Below are some facts about fraud in Florida. Who is dreaming?
Florida Ranks No. 1 Nationally in Mortgage Fraud Recent figures reveal that Florida ranks first in the nation as it relates to those whose mortgages are seriously delinquent. But that is not the only dubious distinction where Florida tops the nation. Now, reports indicate that Florida can also claim first place in the number of mortgage frauds.
Tampa Ranks First in Auto Insurance Fraud Wondering where the highest cases of auto insurance fraud have occurred in the past year? Look no further than Tampa, Fla. According to the Tampa Police Department, the city is number one for fraudulent auto insurance claims.
Special Agent Ellen Wilcox Florida ranks first in the nation in mortgage fraud, and the Florida legislature has passed stringent legislation facilitating the investigation and prosecution of perpetrators of mortgage fraud. Florida Ranks Third for Identity Theft The State Attorney’s Office says the latest statistics show Florida moving up on the list of states with high rates of identity theft.
Miami clinic owners arrested in PIP fraud sweep The Florida Division of Insurance Fraud made more than 830 insurance fraud-related arrests in the last fiscal year. According to a recent National Insurance Crime Bureau report, Florida leads the nation in staged accidents. In the first half of last year, Florida had 631 staged accidents.
10 busted for auto insurance fraud; you're paying for it Tampa, Florida -- The Tampa Bay area has earned a claim to fame we'd rather not have, ranking first in the state when it comes to staged auto crashes and second in the country behind Brooklyn, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
Fraud Friendly Florida "Retirees in Florida are losing their homes to foreclosure, not because they didn't pay their bills as required, but because the laws of Florida leave them unprotected."