Jimmy Patronis dispatches anti-fraud teams to Leon and Gadsden counties

'These anti-fraud strike teams consist of trained insurance fraud investigators with specialized knowledge of homeowners and auto insurance fraud.'

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is sending his Disaster Fraud Action Strike Team (DFAST) to Leon and Gadsden counties following a severe storm which left tens of thousands without power.

The law enforcement team will work with residents to help spot post-storm fraud and make sure contractors are acting properly while repairing the damage.

“Just minutes after a storm, the bad actors and scam artists will swoop in and try to take advantage of people at their most vulnerable time. It’s despicable and that’s why I have deployed my Disaster Fraud Action Strike Team to the Panhandle area, including Leon and Gadsden counties, to be on the lookout for bad actors trying to make a buck off the damage caused by recent tornados and severe weather,” Patronis said.

“These anti-fraud strike teams consist of trained insurance fraud investigators with specialized knowledge of homeowners and auto insurance fraud and they will be on the ground in the impacted areas to ensure residents know the signs of fraud and lawbreakers are held responsible. If you or a loved one believes they have fallen victim to post-storm fraud, report it to my office immediately at FraudFreeFlorida.com.”

Patronis, who also serves as the state Fire Marshal, has dispatched these teams during previous major storms in order to protect residents against fraudulent practices, such as price gouging.

Following Friday’s storm, which severely impacted Tallahassee and parts of the Panhandle, Patronis also released information helping residents navigate the recovery process.

The storms saw tornadoes sweep through the area in another recent example of extreme weather in the South. The impact prompted Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency in 12 counties: Baker, Columbia, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor and Wakulla.

The city of Tallahassee is hoping to have the bulk of people regain power by Saturday evening.

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to [email protected].


  • PeterH

    May 11, 2024 at 11:50 am

    DeSantis’s FREEDUMB STATE OF FLORIDA…….”a sunny place for shady people!”

  • Elvis Pitts "AMERICA'S BIG VOICE ON THE RIGHT" American

    May 11, 2024 at 12:13 pm

    Good Afternoon America,
    This dispatch from my Sage Friend Jimmy P. is whats trpically done to protect our Great State of Florida anytime we have a disaster in a predominatly “Dook 4 Brains Leftist” City, County, and/or Region within Florida.
    Statistics show that the citizens in any Predominantly “Dook 4 Brains Leftist Political Regions” in Florida have a 87.442% propensisty to commit 1.) Insurance Fraud and 2.) Fraudalenty apply for “Disaster/Storm aid than any of our most beloved Predominatly “Sage Patriot” Regions of Florida.
    Keep up the Great and On Point Work Jimmy P.
    Thank you Jimmy P.,
    Elvis Pitts American

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 15, 2024 at 9:00 am

    Sorry, who does this protect? Homeowners? Or insurance company execs?

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