The Florida Division of Insurance Fraud has a new leader in the fight against Personal Injury Protection (PIP) fraud. Daniel S. Anderson, who has extensive experience in global criminal investigations and coordinating work among law enforcement agencies, starts work at the DIF in January 2012.
He knows criminal elements well. In 1982, he was hired as a Broward County police officer. He joined the Drug Enforcement Administration in 1986 as a special agent and worked there until his appointment to the DIF.
Among his top priorities: fighting PIP fraud. It costs drivers and insurers more than $1 billion a year, according to studies. The average person with two cars per household pays at least an extra $100 a year in insurance premiums because the problem is so bad.
Anderson was unit chief of operations management at DEA headquarters during his 25 years with the DEA. His most recent post was as associate special agent in charge of the DEA’s New York Field Division, where he supervised more than 800 employees.
At DIF, Anderson will lead nearly 155 sworn law enforcement officers who made more than 1,000 insurance fraud-related arrests last fiscal year. His staff includes administrators and civilian support staff members.
“I know he will be a tremendous asset in our continuing fight to crackdown on fraudsters in Florida,” Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said in a press release.
“With auto insurance and workers’ compensation fraud schemes increasing the cost of living for our fellow Floridians, there is no more capable person to confront these challenges head-on, dismantle these schemes and put the criminals behind bars,” Atwater said.