Published: Oct 22, 2012 10:58 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Two advocacy groups are asking Gov. Rick Scott to have Florida's chief inspector general investigate what led to the firing of an employee unit charged with keeping an eye on expenses at the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp.
Leaders of an ethics advocacy group and also an insurance advocacy organization sent the letter Monday to the governor asking him to intervene.
Citizens' is the state's largest property insurer with 1.4 million customers and is trying to dramatically reduce its customer base to improve its ability to meet claims obligations in the wake of a catastrophic hurricane or series of costly storms.
Scott is among those who want the insurer to become smaller because the company has the power to put a surcharge on insurance bills if it can't cover claims.

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