Roig Lawyers Complimentary Webinar – Insurance Bad Faith 101

We are pleased to announce our first CE Webinar for 2020!

Bad Faith 101 SM

Tampa attorneys Amanda Kidd and Stephanie McQueen-Zehm will present “Insurance Bad Faith 101” on Wednesday, February 12th, at 1:00 pm.  This course will provide an introduction to insurance bad faith claims and more.

This CE is approved for 1 credit for Florida adjusters.

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Two Florida Women Charged with Hurricane Irma Assistance Fraud

Bernita Willette Carswell of Jacksonville and Deannajo White of Suwannee County have been charged lying about damage from Hurricane Irma to receive disaster assistance in separate cases. Both women are accused of falsifying records when applying to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for aid. The women could serve up to 30 years each in federal prison.

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Filed under Fraud, Hurricanes

How The Rise of Autonomous Vehicles Will Impact Auto Insurance

Understanding the future of insurance in a world of autonomous vehicles is highly relevant for insurance carriers today. Auto insurance, like cyber insurance and new parametric products, will impact traditional lines of business with the rise of autonomous vehicle technology. Most carrier executives point to it as the industry’s key prospective destabilizer.

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Insurance and Tort Case Law Update Published in Trial Advocate

Check out the Insurance and Tort Case Law Update by Tampa Partner, Miguel Roura and John Miller (Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.) published in FDLA’s Trial Advocate.

TA 2019 Vol 38 No 3 - web

The Insurance and Tort Case Law Update was originally presented by Miguel and John at the 2019 Florida Liability Claims Conference.

Click here for FDLA’s Trial Advocate.

 

Filed under Firm News, Personal Injury Protection (PIP)

Florida Officials Arrested for Allegedly Bilking FEMA

Lynn Haven’s former City Manager Michael White and former community services director David Horton were arrested and charged with conspiring with two businesses to bilk the federal government out of $5 million in Hurricane Michael cleanup money. Erosion Control Specialists owner David White and employee Shannon Rodriguez, and Greenleaf Lawn Care owner Joshua Anderson were arrested as well.

According to U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe, the former Lynn Haven officials approved false invoices from Erosion Control and Greenleaf for work they performed, including wrapping presents, preparing a site for a Halloween party, and cleaning the private homes of several city officials. The officials approved payments to the companies and then sought reimbursement from FEMA. The 35-count indictment includes charges of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, theft and honest services fraud.

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Filed under Fraud, Hurricanes

Dozens Arrested in Medicare Fraud Crackdown in Miami

Miami police officers arrested at least 30 people on allegations of Medicare fraud. The scam involved people from four pharmacies who are facing three charges, including organized scheme to defraud. One of the pharmacies was paid over $5 million from federal funds for over 30,000 claims. Many of the claims were for medicines that were unnecessary and possibly never dispensed to patients. Included in the arrests were so-called “professional beneficiaries” — patients who allegedly allowed their Medicare benefits to be used for the scam in exchange for kickbacks.

 

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Filed under Fraud, Healthcare

Man Arrested and Extradited to Florida for Posing as Doctor in Kissimmee

Ozioma Maduka was arrested and charged with allegedly diagnosing and treating patients as a health care professional with a license at Osceola Injury Center in Kissimmee. He is also accused of fraudulent billing for unlicensed medical treatments. Maduka’s medical license expired in 2017.

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Filed under Fraud, Healthcare

Florida Panhandle Struggles to Recover from Hurricane Michael

Thousands are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle. The Category 5 storm left 22,000 of Bay County’s residents homeless and few affordable living spaces available. With nearly $7 billion in total insurance losses, about 1 in 6 insurance claims remain unresolved. There is reportedly a mental health crisis and a shortage of healthcare professionals as well.

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Filed under Hurricanes, Property (Homeowners)

Florida Lawyer Collects Almost $1M in Fake Lawsuit Settlements

A Davie lawyer, Stuart Finkelstein, was arrested on Tuesday for collecting nearly $1M by filing over 300 unauthorized lawsuits on behalf of disabled Americans in New York and Florida. Finkelstein allegedly stole the identities of two individuals and filed lawsuits claiming they were unable to access public establishments that they had never tried to go in. Neither of the people had ever hired Finklestein as an attorney to represent them.

Finkelstein made false representations to small businesses, obstructed official judicial proceedings, and then settled the fake lawsuits to collect about $930,000 in attorney fees. Micheline Gaulin, a restaurant owner in Manhattan’s West Village, told the NY Post that she paid over $18,000 in a settlement to Finklestein in which she called “a legal shakedown.”

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Filed under Fraud

Travelers Joined the Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) Consortium at MIT

The Travelers Companies has joined the Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) Consortium, organizations like auto manufacturers, insurance carriers and automated vehicle technology companies working to advance research automated vehicle technologies. The organization studies driver behavior and shares data to improve automated vehicle and driver assistance technologies.

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