A Miami insurance agent faces several felony fraud and grand theft charges after detectives say he stole more than $80,000 from four clients by giving them fake policy documents, the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud announced Wednesday.
Mandy Rodriguez, 35, was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of unlawfully diverting insurance funds, one count of scheme to defraud, five counts of insurance fraud, 29 counts of grand theft, five counts of forgery and five counts of uttering a forged instrument.
According to a press release from the office of Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Rodriguez collected checks from clients for commercial or homeowners’ insurance policies from Citizens Property Insurance Company, but instead of securing the policies he pocketed the money.
Citizens verified that none of the policies ever existed. Rodriguez told his clients to write the checks to his company, Risk Management Agency Group.
According to the release, Rodriguez told detectives he created fraudulent insurance documents and deposited the money into his personal company’s bank account.
The case is being prosecuted by the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office.