Sgt. Shane Gadoury was charged with filing a false and fraudulent insurance claim. He was booked into Hillsborough County Jail and was released on his own recognizance. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.
According to the Florida Department of Financial Services, the alleged incident took place in November 2019. Gadoury, who is a Wesley Chapel resident, had docked his boat at a friend’s place in Hernando County. The friend called Gadoury on November 18 to inform him that his boat was sinking. The next day, the friend told Gadoury that his boat had capsized.
Records show that Gadoury called the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office at around 6:10 p.m. to ask them to send a deputy to check on his boat, which “may have capsized.” Less than 10 minutes later, Gadoury purportedly called his insurance company, Progressive Insurance, to obtain a new policy for $13,000.
The following day, on November 20, Gadoury filed a claim for the loss of his boat. In a recorded phone interview conducted on November 25, Gadoury purportedly told the insurance company that his boat was “completely fine” and wasn’t damaged when he obtained the policy.
Progressive Insurance was informed in January 2020 by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office about the fraudulent claim, and that led to Gadoury’s arrest on February 27 for filing a false insurance claim.
“It’s especially heart breaking when a person sworn to serve and protect our communities gets caught up in criminal activity. Insurance fraud steals from hard-working Florida families and drives up rates statewide,” Florida’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis said in a statement. “We can be proud of the law enforcement teams who worked together to uncover a bad action from their ranks.”
Gadoury is a 15-year veteran with the Tampa Police Department. He was placed on administrative leave while the department conducted an internal investigation.
This is the second insurance fraud arrest reported in Tampa this month. On February 20, CFO Patronis announced the arrests of Aymen Salti, Ayiha Salti, Faiz Salti, and Mohammed Salti for allegedly staging car accidents in order to file almost $230,000 in fraudulent insurance claims.
All four men were charged with racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering. Each suspect was ordered held in the Hillsborough County Jail on $1.2 million bond. Attorney information wasn’t available.
According to Patronis’ press release, the four men are accused of staging car accidents at multiple Tampa-area gas stations between June 2016 and April 2019. The Saltis allegedly reported undamaged items as damaged in order to obtain approximately $230,000 in fraudulent insurance claims.
Fraud is a serious offense that can result in long prison sentences and hefty fines. Anyone accused of fraud in Florida should consult an experienced attorney who understands the justice system and can guide you to the best possible outcome.
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