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Florida Agencies Look To Fight Auto Insurance Fraud

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(Source: AP)

(Source: AP)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – As South Florida continues to get slammed every year by personal injury protection fraud; an assortment of groups came together Thursday to educate people how to fight auto accident fraud.

Allstate Insurance, along with the Miami-Dade Police Department, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, and the Insurance Information Institute put together demonstrations Thursday to show how accidents are staged to commit fraud.

“Fraudsters and criminal enterprises have learned how to game Florida’s auto insurance system and every honest Floridian with a car on the road ends up paying,” Atwater said. “We remain committed to pursuing those individuals responsible for these crimes and we will seek justice.”

It was a sentiment echoed by Director James Loftus of the Miami-Dade Police Department.

“Insurance fraud is a crime that affects all of us directly, by impacting our economy, and the cost is passed on to all of us by way of our premiums,” Lofts said.

For its part, Allstate said it has a dedicated team of investigators fighting fraud. Atwater said he has given the Florida Consumer Advocate the task of working with key stakeholders across the state to fight the PIP problem.

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