S. Fla. man paid artist to fake $100,000 water damage, state says

A six-figure insurance fraud scheme was anything but good to the last drop, state officials say.

An insurer’s suspicions about $100,000 in water damage claims in Miami — allegedly created by painting walls with a “caffeine-based liquid” — led state authorities to announce an arrest Thursday.

Citizens.jpgThe Department of Financial Services’ Division of Investigative and Forensic Services announced the arrest of Julian Garcia-Sellek of Miami on multiple felony fraud and grand theft charges.

He is accused of acting as unlicensed public adjuster and inflating or making fake claims of water damage that defrauded state-run Citizens Property Insurance  Corp. Attempts to reach him or an attorney were not immediately successful.

After contacting multiple homeowners, “he would then solicit the services of a local artist to use a caffeine-based liquid to paint what looked like water stains on the ceilings, walls, and floors of homes,” according to a statement from the office of Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.

 

 

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