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FIFEC honors and congratulates the 2023 Award Recipients

Nominations for the 2024 FIFEC Awards that will be available when registration for the 2024 FIFEC Conference opens in the Spring of 2024.

2023 AWARD RECIPIENTS

Law Enforcement Insurance Fraud Fighter of the Year

Mike Warner, Detective

Division of Investigative & Forensic Services, Bureau of Insurance Fraud

Unlicensed Contractor Activity – Pool and pavers sales/service collecting money and failing to commence work.

Jerry Zappolo Distinguished Service Award

Matthew Smith -

Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, Executive Director

The Guy E “Sandy” Burnett Insurance Fraud Fighter Team Award

Staged Crash Ring/Organized fraud rings acting in 10 states, and throughout 28 Florida counties.

Terra Rush, Special Agent

NICB

Heather Hillard, SIU Investigator

Progressive Insurance Company

Rose Resnick, SIU Investigator

Progressive Insurance Company

Erica Godwin, SIU Investigator

GEICO

Trent Taylor, SIU Security Investigator

GEICO

Alexander Owens, Consultant, Major Cases

Nationwide Insurance Company

Stephanie Bergen, Assistant Statewide Prosecutor

Office of the Statewide Prosecutor

Mark Capps, Detective (former)

Division of Investigative & Forensic Services

Bureau of Insurance Fraud

Ryan Wiedler, Corporal

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Chris Hinkle, Corporal

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Marisa Magro, Deputy

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Bobby Hartzig, Trooper

Florida Highway Patrol

Alexander Conran, Trooper

Florida Highway Patrol

2023 AWARD NOMINEES

There are many talented and dedicated individuals fighting insurance fraud daily.  The Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee is committed to recognizing these efforts. 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2023 FIFEC AWARDS NOMINEES!

The jerry zappolo distinguished service award

The Jerry Zappolo Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor and most prestigious award presented to an individual by the FIFEC Board of Directors. The nominee is an individual who has significantly contributed to the public’s understanding of insurance fraud’s impact on society, and how they may be initiative-taking in the fight against insurance fraud.

 

Matthew Smith - Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, Executive Director

Frank Goldstein Esq. - Goldstein Law Group, Founder and managing partner

 

Edward Lopez - Mercury Insurance, SIU Field Operation Supervisor

Law enforcement insurance fraud fighter of the year

Nominations limited to specific cases/investigations concluded in 2022-2023

 

Abraham Farkas, Detective

Hialeah Police Department

Staged Accidents - Staged Loss / Hit and Run / Provider Fraud

 

Josue D. Beltran-Hernandez, Detective

 Division of Investigative & Forensic Services, Bureau of Insurance Fraud

Medical Provider Insurance Fraud - PIP

 

Fernando Galo, Detective

Division of Investigative & Forensic Services, Bureau of Insurance Fraud

Homeowners Insurance Fraud - Assisting living facility

 

Greg Rhinehart, Detective

Division of Investigative & Forensic Services, Bureau of Insurance Fraud

Life Insurance/ Beneficiary Fraud – Fraudulent annuity withdrawal

 

Jennifer Tordini, Law Enforcement Detective

Division of Investigative & Forensic Services

Bureau of Fire, Arson, & Explosives Investigations

Homeowners Insurance Fraud – Fraudulent insurance claims related to a structure fire.

 

Jorge Rodriguez, Detective

Division of Investigative & Forensic Services, Bureau of Insurance Fraud

Staged Accidents – Medical facility scheme

 

Kassandra Grimmett, Detective

Division of Investigative & Forensic Services, Bureau of Insurance Fraud

Title Fraud/ Unlicensed Transacting – Title services company

 

Luis Montalvan, Detective

Division of Investigative & Forensic Services, Bureau of Insurance Fraud

Auto Insurance Fraud – Fraudulent allegations regarding a Bodily Injury claim

 

Mario Fajardo, Detective

Division of Investigative & Forensic Services, Bureau of Insurance Fraud

Homeowners Insurance Fraud – Intentional fabrication of invoices and receipts for the

purpose of defrauding and deceiving insurance company

 

Patrick Morrissey, Detective

Division of Investigative & Forensic Services, Bureau of Insurance Fraud

Workers’ Compensation Fraud – “Shell” organization utilized money service businesses (MSB’s) to

perpetuate the elaborate Workers’ Compensation premium fraud scheme

Rob Perrault, Detective

 Division of Investigative & Forensic Services, Bureau of Insurance Fraud

Homeowners Insurance Fraud – Unlicensed contractor and was soliciting homeowners

for new roofs, collecting money, and failing to commence work.

 

Steven Guido, Detective

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Grand Theft Auto

 

Mike Warner, Detective

Division of Investigative & Forensic Services, Bureau of Insurance Fraud

Unlicensed Contractor Activity – Pool and pavers sales/service collecting money and failing to commence work.

The Guy E. “Sandy” Burnette Insurance Fraud Fighter Team Award

These individuals cooperated across agencies to successfully investigate this insurance fraud case concluded in 2022-2023

Staged Crash Ring/Organized fraud rings acting in 10 states, and throughout 28 Florida counties.

 

Terra Rush, Special Agent

NICB

Heather Hillard, SIU Investigator

Progressive Insurance Company

Rose Resnick, SIU Investigator

Progressive Insurance Company

Erica Godwin, SIU Investigator

GEICO

Trent Taylor, SIU Security Investigator

GEICO

Alexander Owens, Consultant, Major Cases

Nationwide Insurance Company

Stephanie Bergen, Assistant Statewide Prosecutor

Office of the Statewide Prosecutor

 

Mark Capps, Detective (former)

Division of Investigative & Forensic Services

Bureau of Insurance Fraud

Ryan Wielder, Corporal

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Chris Hinkle, Corporal

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Marsia Magro, Deputy

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Bobby Hartzig, Trooper

Florida Highway Patrol

Alexander Conran, Trooper

Florida Highway Patrol

FIFEC appreciates the participation all who nominated these exceptional individuals

 for the 2023 FIFEC Awards.

Congratulations to all the nominees and award recipients!

2023 FIFEC Awards Subcommittee

Lt. Colonel Evangelina Brooks, Assistant Director, DIFS – Committee Chair

Anthony Parker, Special Investigator, National General – Committee Vice-Chair

Jennifer Newell, Allstate, Committee Member

Janice Young, SIU - Retired – Committee Member

committee contacts

CHAIR

Anthony Parker

National General,

an Allstate Company

904-536-5389 Office

anthony.parker@NGIC.com

VICE-CHAIR

Mark Johnson
Division of Investigative &

Forensic Services
407-835-4461 
mark.johnson@myfloridacfo.com

Juli Hyde

Farmers Insurance

813-919-8074 

julianna.hyde@farmersinsurance.com

Janice Young
Retired - SIU
904-343-3959
fifec.secretary@gmail.com

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