As important as this message is to you consumers who follow our web site, we present this press release form Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater in its entirety.
CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Three North Florida Roofers for Unlicensed Insurance Activity…
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced today
the arrests of Derek Shawn Kellog, 31,Crawfordville; Corey
Jermaine Brownlee, 30, Jacksonville; and Sean McCaslin, 49,
Tallahassee;employees of Roofmasters, Inc., for acting as
unlicensed public adjusters while soliciting homeowners for
roof repairs in the Tallahassee area.
An investigation by the Department of Financial Services’
Division of Insurance Fraud revealed that Roofmasters, Inc.,
based in Jacksonville, used high-pressure sales tactics and
informed homeowners they were "insurance specialists”
and could assist them in dealing with their insurance
companies. Company literature notes that homeowners
may be entitled to a new roof with no out-of-pocket
expense. Roofmasters, Inc. submitted an insurance claim
on behalf of a homeowner, violating Florida law.
Kellog, Brownlee and McCaslin were booked into Leon
County Jail. If convicted, they each face up to 5 years
CFO Atwater encourages Floridans to ‘Verify Before
You Buy’ to ensure that the insurance adjuster, agent
or company you are dealing with is licensed to transact
business in Florida.
Anyone with information of suspected insurance fraud
is asked to call 800-378-0445. Citizens who provide tips
can remain anonymous. The Department of Financial
Services to date has awarded almost $275,000 to more
than 40 citizens as part of its Anti-Fraud Reward Program.
The program rewards individuals up to $25,000 for
information that directly leads to an arrest and conviction
in an insurance fraud scheme.