The North Region investigate a wide variety of crimes that comprise insurance fraud. The Jacksonville Field Office handles cases in Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Levy, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, and Union Counties.
Captain Brian McCoy supervises the Jacksonville Field Office. Brian McCoy is a graduate of Nova University holding a master’s degree in public administration/criminal justice, a bachelor’s degree in public administration/criminal justice from Saint Thomas University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ashford University.
Captain McCoy joined the Division as an investigator on November 10, 2003 and he has been investigating healthcare provider fraud. He was promoted to lieutenant in July of 2008 and then to captain in November of 2009. Prior to joining the Division he worked as the coordinator of public safety programs for the Institute of Public Safety at Broward Community College. He spent five years with Motorola as a security manager and 25 years with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department where he retired as a detective sergeant. During his time with Fort Lauderdale he was a sergeant with the Metropolitan Intelligence Unit (MIU), a multi agency task force investigating organized criminal organizations where he supervised the strategic intelligence unit and analytical function. He supervised a 30 man SWAT team, with responsibilities for budgeting, training and full SWAT operations. He also served as chairman of the Florida Intelligence Unit. He is a Florida state certified instructor and taught as an adjunct professor at Florida International University for five years.
Kevin Jones has more than 30 years as a sworn law enforcement officer. He came to the Division of Insurance Fraud on July 19, 2004, and has been assigned to the Jacksonville Field Office since. He was initially tasked with investigating workers’ compensation fraud; he later did general fraud and worked as a member of a mortgage task force with the FBI. He was promoted to lieutenant in April of 2010 and he currently supervises the Jacksonville office. Prior to coming to the Division, he spent more than twenty years with the New York City Police Department where he retired as a Detective Sergeant in December 2003. Before joining the NYPD, he worked for the U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division where he was assigned to the White House detail. Kevin is a graduate of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and holds a Bachelors Degree in Security/Business Management.
During the last fiscal year, the North Region received over 900 referrals resulting in 184 opened cases, presented 85 cases for prosecution and made 79 arrests.
In January 2013, Valerie Marshal, 24, a licensed massage therapist and owner of Indian Rehabilitation Center, Inc. (IRCI), and 18 others were arrested for insurance fraud for alleged involvement in a fraudulent accident clinic ring.
An investigation by the Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF) and the Duval State Attorney’s Office alleges that Marshal opened IRCI and conspired with several individuals to stage auto accidents and submit fraudulent therapy reports for patients who never received treatment from her clinic. These reports were used to file fraudulent personal injury protection (PIP) claims with several insurance companies.
Also arrested were various clinic employees, recruiters, and staged accident participants; Yokayra Ramos, Roscoe Sawyer, Jr., Edgard Fernandez-Romans, David Arteaga Torres, Kenneth Carrerro, Jonathan Robinson, Calvin Grier, Tara Buck, Niko Semedo, Tawaub Zahir, Samantha Daniels, Kathy Adams, Yilan Espinosa, Connor Certo, Tara Buck, Lester Lopez, Craig Graves and Ernando Valentin.
At least 19 claims were reported to the National Insurance Crime Bureau from 11 insurance carriers. IRCI had approximately 80 patients during this time and over $228 thousand were paid out to IRCI from the insurance providers.
Marshal, as well as the 18 other individuals arrested in connection with the fraud ring, were booked into the Duval County Jail. If convicted, she faces up to 35 years in prison and each of the 18 individuals could face up to 15 years in prison.