CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “Lying about hurricane damage while many Floridians lost everything during Hurricane Irma is sickening. Insurance fraud takes money from Florida families with legitimate claims and drives up insurance rates for us all. As many Floridians recover from Hurricane Michael that impacted our state one month ago, I want to put everyone on notice: If you choose to commit insurance fraud to make a quick buck, you will be thrown in jail.”
Investigations revealed Perry submitted fraudulent and altered repair invoices to State Farm Insurance Company requesting $16,042 in reimbursements due to alleged damages to his home from Hurricane Irma. Investigators found that Perry altered two of the invoices and fabricated another for fake repairs that never occurred.
Perry turned himself in to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office on November 16. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.
Florida Department of Financial Services
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Floridas Cabinet, who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Floridas firefighters, and ensure the states finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).