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DEPT. OF FINANCIAL SERVICES PROVIDES UPDATE ON PENN CREDIT AUDIT

3/24/2021

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842

DEPT. OF FINANCIAL SERVICES PROVIDES UPDATE ON PENN CREDIT AUDIT
UPDATED 3/26/21 AT 10:00 AM
 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) provided an update regarding responses to the February Penn Credit communication to Florida Clerks of Court. Of the 64 responses from Florida Clerks, 23 indicated they have an existing contract with Penn Credit and 41 do not have a Penn Credit contract in place. Of the contacted clerks, three Clerks of Court did not respond, including: 
 
• Gadsden County Clerk of Court
• Holmes County Clerk of Court
• Union County Clerk of Court
 
Additionally, while the Columbia County Clerk of Court responded with a letter within the 30-day period, the communication did not indicate Penn Credit’s status as a vendor. To ensure audit efforts are comprehensive, the Department is following up with the unresponsive four clerks’ offices prior to issuing engagement letters, which is the means by which an audit is initiated.

PLEASE NOTE: Upon further review, the department has verified the receipt of nine responses from Madison County Clerk of Court, Dixie County Clerk of Court, Sarasota County Clerk of Court, Hendry County Clerk of Court, Seminole County Clerk of Court, Lake County Clerk of Court, Santa Rosa County Clerk of Court, Highlands County Clerk of Court and Hamilton County Clerk of Court. Additionally, following the press release that was issued, the department has received a response from Taylor County Clerk of Court and Okeechobee County Clerk of Court. As further information is provided, the department will continue to provide updates to the list above.

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About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).