Published: Jul 06, 2010 3:32 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 06, 2010 9:21 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Florida's public insurance carrier

says someone fraudulently changed its address through the U.S.

Postal Service.

Citizens Property Insurance is trying to warn roughly 1 million

policyholders and new applicants that checks and correspondence

from June 14 to June 28 may not have been received. Even worse, it

worries the information could be used for identity theft.

Citizens covers Florida homeowners who are unable to get private

insurance on high-risk properties.

It didn't learn about the fraud until early last week, after

receiving a change-of-address confirmation from the Postal Service.

Mail sent to Citizens' Jacksonville headquarters was wrongly

diverted, but the insurer caught the fraud before the a second

request to change its P.O. Box was processed.