State investigators make arrests in alleged South Florida fraud scheme

by | Nov 4, 2021

An insurance fraud investigation conducted by the state CFO Jimmy Patronis’ Division of Investigative and Forensic Services resulted in the arrest of two South Florida men, one of which is a licensed insurance agent. Formal charges are still pending, but investigators allege that David Abraham Jauregui and an accomplice, Ronald Quintanilla, concocted a scheme to obtain home renters insurance and later filed a false claim for thousands of dollars in damages.

“Fighting fraud and holding criminals accountable is one of my top priorities,” said Patronis. “I applaud the hard work of my fraud detectives to uncover this elaborate scam and make sure this alleged criminal is brought to justice and held accountable.”

Once formal charges are filed, Patronis said the Division of Insurance Agent Agency Services will work to suspend Jauregui’s insurance license.

Jauregui used photos of his wife’s diamond ring and provided two separate fake jewelry appraisal documents as supposed proof of property ownership and its value.

In August 2018, Quintanilla filed a loss claim through the Assurant Group using the pictures of Jauregui’s wife’s ring and fake appraisals.

Jauregui promptly filed a loss claim in December 2018 using the same falsified documents Quintanilla used, when the Assurant Group noted the similarities of the two claims, flagging them for investigation which uncovered the scheme.

Jauregui was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center where he was charged with grand theft, faking insurance supporting documents, organized fraud, insurance conspiracy, and insurance fraud. If convicted, Jauregui can face up to 40 years in prison.

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