- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - Authorities say 30 more people have been arrested in an ongoing South Florida insurance fraud investigation involving staged fires and water damage at dozens of homes.

The cases revolve around Miami public adjuster Jorge Espinosa, who was originally arrested in 2014 on numerous charges related to the alleged fraud. Authorities say about two dozen additional arson and water damage cases have been discovered, resulting in $14 million in losses total to insurance companies.

Espinosa has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial. Prosecutors say he recruited homeowners to stage fires or water damage and would split the claims money.

The probe by Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle now has resulted 44 people arrested on charges including racketeering, arson, insurance fraud and grand theft.

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