TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Emails show that the staff of Florida Gov. Rick Scott was told in advance about a deal to shift thousands of policies from the state's largest property insurer to a start-up insurance company.
Scott and other elected officials moved quickly to distance themselves after Citizens Property Insurance Corp. decided last month to pay $52 million to Heritage Property Insurance and Casualty to absorb 60,000 policies.
Documents obtained by The Associated Press show a lobbyist representing Heritage had previously met with a top Scott aide to discuss the proposed transaction. Other state officials were also given information about the deal before the vote.
Scott's chief of staff said no one in the Scott administration took a position for or against the Heritage deal before Citizens approved the transaction.