WOMAN ARRESTED 2ND TIME FOR FRAUD
Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex
Sink announced today the arrest of a Broward County woman on charges that
she stole $200,000 in insurance payments from her former boss, a
chiropractor. She was previously arrested in September on charges that she
collected nearly $24,000 on fraudulent chiropractic treatment claims she
filed on herself and her husband.
Jamie Bruce, 30, of Fort
Lauderdale, is now facing one count of first-degree grand theft and two
counts of fraudulent use of personal identification. If convicted on the
charges, she could be sentenced to up to 60 years in prison in addition to
fines and restitution. The arrests stem from an investigation by the
Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud. The case
agent was Detective Gary Schiaffo.
“Our investigators have determined that this woman was systematically
defrauding insurance companies, and insurance fraud forces premiums higher
for the rest of us,” said CFO Sink, who oversees the department. “Fraud
will not be tolerated in our state. We are committed to protecting
Florida’s citizens from these crimes.”
Bruce was the office manager for Joseph and Joseph, PA when the alleged
thefts occurred, and in 2004 she allegedly submitted claims to Aetna
Insurance Company for chiropractic services that were never rendered to her
and her husband. Aetna paid nearly $24,000 to Joseph and Joseph on the
claims, but Detective Schiaffo said the insurance checks ended up in Bruce’s
personal account. The scheme began to unravel when Aetna called for
follow-up information on the account and was told by another employee that
there were no patient charts for them.
The investigation of Bruce’s account revealed other insurance company checks
had been posted to her account. The investigation found that Bruce’s
position as office manager provided her with direct access to insurance
checks as they arrived in the mail.
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 is asked to call the department's Fraud Fighters Hotline at
1-800-378-0445. A reward of up to $25,000 may be offered for information
leading to an arrest and conviction.