Conducting insurance transactions without a Florida license landed agency owner Amada Ruz, 69, in jail this week. She was released the same day after posting a $4,500 bond.
Ruz was first arrested in August 2012 for selling a fake driver license. The insurance agency was also suspected of producing fake insurance cards and immigration documents. The Florida Division of Insurance Fraud filed a probable cause affidavit at the time. Ruz was released on $3,000 bond following the 2012 arrest.
The State revoked the insurance license of Ms. Ruz in April of this year, several months following her guilty plea on charges of unlawfully manufacturing identification cards.
An agent of the Florida Division of Insurance Fraud was conducting a routine follow up investigation in July 2013 when he found Ruz working at her insurance agency, Vizon Insurance, in Lake Worth. The agent warned Ruz that she was required to stop conducting insurance business.
One month later, in August, Ruz was again discovered to be conducting insurance business when the Florida Division of Insurance Fraud carried out another on-site visit.
Florida Division of Corporation records show Vizon Insurance as being active, although Ruz is not currently listed as an officer or director. The agency has been in business since 2007.