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Florida inspector general finds excessive travel spending at Citizens



From our friends at the Associated Press:

A review by Florida's chief inspector general contends that employees at the state-created Citizens Property Insurance racked up excessive travel expenses over an eight-month period. 

Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered a review of expenses at the insurer following a report by the Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times that detailed how top officials stayed at luxury hotels and ate at expensive restaurants. 

The review says that while most travel expenses met Citizens written guidelines, they are excessive by state standards. Chief Inspector General Melinda Miguel recommended Citizens be required to follow the same laws that state employees follow. 

In a statement, Scott said he agreed with his inspector general and said the insurer was in "urgent need" of reforms. 

"A company this large, supported by hard-working Florida families, must be held to the highest standards of integrity," Scott said. 

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[Last modified: Thursday, January 17, 2013 11:08am]


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