TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - An inspector general is criticizing travel expenses racked up by employees at the state-created Citizens Property Insurance.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered his inspector general to review travel expenses at the insurer following a news report this past summer that detailed top officials staying at luxury hotels and eating at expensive restaurants.
The review says that while most travel expenses met Citizens written guidelines they are excessive by state standards. Inspector General Melinda Miguel recommends Citizens be required to follow the same laws that state employees follow.
Scott in a statement agrees with his inspector general. He says that Citizens should be held to the "highest standards of integrity."
The agency's own top lawyers, however, argue that state lawmakers never intended the company to follow state travel laws.
More Citizens Property Insurance stories...
No big storms, but FL property insurance still rises
Citizens president admits mistakes, promises fixes, blasts reporters
Citizens' sheds almost 150,000 policies in October
Citizens Property Insurance approves independent review of loan program
State Senator: Citizens hikes are ''economic disaster''
Citizens rate increase approved
Citizens moves ahead with controversial plan
Citizens' controversial inspection program gets changes
Citizens: Increase sinkhole rates by 254%
Citizens Insurance board names new president
Citizens Insurance wants to give away customers
Insurance overhaul bill clears key Senate panel
FAIR revises lawsuit against Citizens Insurance
Group suing Citizens Insurance will file more lawsuits today