Monthly Archives: October 2012

Insurance Information Institute Comments on PIP Premium Changes and Significance of the January 1, 2013 Effective Date of 2012 PIP Law Changes

Tampa Bay Fox 13 recently featured a segment regarding the effect of House Bill 119, the 2012 PIP law change, on PIP premium rates.  Lynne McChristian of the Insurance Information Institute, shed some light what appears to be a lack of a premium decrease.  McChristian indicates that the recent insurer reports are not indicative of what could likely be the case after January 1, 2013, when all of HB119′s changes take effect.

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Filed under Fla. Stat. 627.736 (2012), Insurance Fraud, Licensing, The Statutory "Fee Schedules"

Office Manager of Two Chiropractic Clinics, Maria Molina, Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud Conspiracy, Submitting False Claims for Staged Accidents

Maria “Cary” Molina of West Palm beach plead guilty to one count of “mail fraud conspiracy” in Federal court last Thursday.  Molina was accused of perpetrating an insurance fraud scheme at two chiropractic clinics, OVY Rehabilitation Medical Center and HHR Medical Center, where Molina served as an office manager.  Records indicate Molina submitted bills for individuals known to be involved in staged motor vehicle accidents.  Prosecutors stated that the clinics received $540,000 from PIP insurers as a result of the fraud.

Molina’s co-defendant, Obelio “Ovy” Rodriguez, 43, has been declared a fugitive.

The full report from the Sun-Sentinel is available here.

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Filed under Fla. Stat. 627.736 (2008), Insurance Fraud