TAMPA BAY CLINIC OWNERS ARRESTED FOR ‘SELLING’ PATIENTS
Gallagher: Insurance Fraud Investigators Caught Them on Tape Taking Payoffs
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher announced the arrests of five Tampa-area clinic owners, and the issuance of a warrant for another, for “selling” patients, most of whom were accident victims, to diagnostic facilities that then billed auto insurers thousands of dollars.
Alan Felker, chiropractor and owner of Felker Clinic, for accepting a $1,000 payoff.
Sandra Kilpatrick, owner of University Medical Clinic, for accepting a $1,000 payoff.
Yussel Cabrera, owner of DMJ Clinic, for accepting a $500 payoff.
Elisa Valdez, owner of Cemar Clinic, for accepting an $800 payoff.
James Lee, owner of Bayside Clinic, for accepting a $2,000 payoff.
A warrant has been issued for Pedro Cabo, owner of Pro Med Clinic.
The department has made almost 1,000 PIP fraud-related arrests in the last five years, and those schemes billed insurers for more than $27 million. That cost gets passed on to Florida consumers through higher premiums.
The Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud, investigates various forms of fraud in insurance, including health, life, auto, property and workers' compensation insurance. Anyone with information about this case or another possible fraud scheme should call the department's Anti-Fraud Hotline at 1-800-378-0445. A reward of up to $25,000 may be offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Night falls over the 1908 Lafayette County courthouse in Mayo, the county seat. The two-story frame building across the street was an earlier courthouse. The county was formed in 1856 and named after the French marquis who assisted the colonies during the Revolutionary War.