Florida Peninsula Insurance Company, one of the top 10 homeowners insurers in the state, is pleased to announce Virginia Harris Austin is the recipient of the company’s annual Fraud Fighter of the Year award.  Ms. Austin is a Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Coordinator with Florida Peninsula, where she is responsible for reviewing, evaluating and investigating claims.

Ms. Austin was selected for her work over the past year to upgrade and modernize all aspects of Florida Peninsula’s SIU Department.  She has investigated dozens of suspected fraud cases, and worked with the State of Florida to secure approximately 10 arrests involving fraud suspects on Florida Peninsula’s claims.

Along with her regulatory and investigation experience, Ms. Austin possesses extensive knowledge of the insurance industry and the enforcement of statutory laws.  Prior to joining Florida Peninsula, she was a Special Investigator and Insurance Specialist for the Florida Department of Financial Services and a Senior Claims Casualty Representative with Nationwide Insurance Company.