TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --
Florida's new chief financial officer says cracking down on fraud is his top priority.
Republican Jeff Atwater said Wednesday, Jan. 19, that scam artists are cheating Floridians out of billions of dollars every year and that
auto insurance fraud alone costs the average insured citizen
roughly $400 annually for their policies.
Speaking at The Associated Press' annual legislative editors
meeting, Atwater said Medicaid fraud came to some $200 million last
year in Florida.
The former Senate president said his office made seven arrests
last week for fraudulent insurance billings. He said the scams
often involve fake accidents and claims of medical treatments
signed by licensed professionals that never actually occurred.