There has been no shortage of auto insurance fraud in Miami of late as Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced the arrests of nine individuals who have been charged in connection with eight separate cases of personal injury protection (PIP) fraud schemes.
According to Atwater’s announcement, the Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF) uncovered seven staged vehicle accidents in which the scammers collectively filed more than $242,000 in fraudulent billings to 11 different insurance carriers. Staged accident participants were referred to at least 13 different South Florida medical clinics.
The nine were arrested for acting in one or more of these capacities:
- The organizer or staged accident recruiter;
- The patient broker who encouraged participants to seek post-accident medical treatment for bogus injuries;
- The licensed medical provider who agreed to sign off on falsified medical documents in exchange for payment billed under PIP insurance benefits.
The investigation into these cases remains ongoing and additional arrests are expected, DIF said.
“While their injuries may have been fake, PIP fraud is real and it is not a victimless crime,” CFO Atwater commented. “When insurance carriers absorb such high-dollar losses to fraud, we all pay in the form of higher insurance premiums. I’m thankful to our dedicated investigative team for shutting down this fraud ring.”