- Final Report on Citizens Property Insurance Corporate Integrity Office Disbanding Published Today
- May 20, 2013
- Law Firm: Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate Webb P.A. - Fort Lauderdale Office
The final report from Florida's Inspector General on Citizens Property Insurance Corporation's ("Citizens") decision to disband its Office of Corporate Integrity in late 2012 was released by the Office of Florida Governor Rick Scott today, May 14, 2013.
Ordered by Governor Scott in November 2012, the Florida Inspector General's investigation determined that the disbanding of Citizens' Office of Corporate Integrity just prior to that was a legitimate business decision and not a retaliatory action.
The investigation further concluded that Citizens' senior officials presented "legitimate nondiscriminatory" reasons for the State-run insurer's decision to disband the Corporate Integrity Office and restructure its internal audit capabilities by replacing the four departed employees with a new team of certified forensic auditors who took over in March 2013.
In today's report, Citizens President and CEO Barry Gilway acknowledged that his biggest error associated with the decision was one of timing, because the Office of Corporate Integrity was disbanded shortly after the Chief Inspector General had also began an evaluation of reported excessive travel and travel-related expenditures at Citizens.