Jeff Atwater has served as Florida’s Chief Financial Officer since January 4, 2011, and is up for re-election in November. He recently spoke with the editorial board at The News-Press in Naples about his accomplishments and priorities.
In a wide-ranging interview, Mr. Atwater emphasized Florida’s fight against fraud as an area of success. Some highlights from the interview follow.
“We have worked with sheriffs, the state attorney’s office, the FBI and locally with law enforcement, under the umbrella of financial literacy,” notes Mr. Atwater. “We are beginning to neutralize this. We are shutting PIP clinics and under-the-table transactions.”
Key accomplishments in the state’s continuing battle against fraud over the past three years include:
- 5,000 insurance fraud arrests
- 2,000 arrests in PIP fraud cases
- $129 million in public assistance fraud uncovered
Atwater may run for governor or the U.S. Senate in four years, according to the article. He has served in public office since 1993, when he was elected Vice Mayor of North Palm Beach. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2000 and the Florida Senate in 2002. In 2008 he was selected to serve as Senate President.
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