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Operation Brakes on Fakes Keeps “Pedal to the Metal”

West Palm Beach, FL – Constitutional Tax Collector Gannon reports “Operation Brakes on Fakes” made an additional 13 arrests.  This brings the total number sting arrests to 32. The initial sting action on October 19, 2011 netted 19 arrests.  Two outstanding warrants remain.  “Brakes on Fakes” charges range from False or Fraudulent Motor Vehicle Insurance Card, Sale of Motor Vehicle with Altered Odometer, Title Fraud, Petty Theft and Fraudulent Use of Personal Identification.

The “Brakes on Fakes” operation is a multi-agency task force initiated by Gannon to crack down on fraud.   The task force members:

  • Constitutional Tax Collector
  • Palm Beach County Sheriff Office
  • State Attorney, 15th Judicial Circuit
  • Delray Beach Police Department
  • Florida Department of Financial Services
  • Florida Highway Patrol
  • Riviera Beach Police Department

At Gannon’s request, local law enforcement trained agency staff to detect fraudulent documents and vehicle identification numbers.  Service Centers screen all documents for fraud as standard operating practice.  All questionable proof of insurance coverage documents are reported to the insurance company for verification. 

Fraud detection at Gannon’s service centers continues to identify new suspects since the initial sting.  She estimates that 10 new fraud cases a week are forwarded to the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud.  Detective Ted Padich reports that a new group of 20 warrants were issued netting 15 arrests.  Investigators at the Division of Insurance Fraud claim the majority of the fraud is by committed people who unknowingly purchase bogus auto insurance from scam artists. 

Gannon’s advises all auto owners to only purchase auto insurance from reputable agents and or companies.  People selling insurance from their cars or on the street are probably scam artists.

Release Date: 
Monday, August 6, 2012
Contact Information: 
Contact: Anne Gannon, Constitutional Tax Collector
  (561) 355-4271
KClarke@pbcgov.org

 

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