CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrests of Accident Clinic Owner and 6 Others in Miami Fraud Sweep
Contact: Anna Alexopoulos
TALLAHASSEE – Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced the arrest of Madelaine Osoria, 41, massage therapist and owner of Well-Care Rehab Services, Inc., for insurance fraud for her role in filing false Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance claims from staged auto accidents. Six other clinic employees or staged accident participants were also arrested.
“We continue to send a clear message to these criminals: if you steal money from honest, hard-working Floridians, you will be put behind bars,” CFO Atwater said. “My office is committed to putting these fraud clinics out of business for good.”
This latest investigation by the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF) discovered that participants from a staged accident in early 2012 were referred to Well-Care Rehab Services, Inc. and Integral Medical Rehab. The patients fraudulently signed documents for treatments they would never receive and claims in excess of $60,000 were filed. Arrested today was the organizer of the staged accident, Yunior Montes Mahia, as well as massage therapists Greenly Rodriquez Fernandini and Rosa Gonzalez Cardenas. Also arrested were staged accident participants Elvis Arrondes, Marisella Castellanos and Rayner Couceiro.
All subjects were booked into the Miami-Dade County Jail. Prosecuting the charges in this case will be Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. If convicted the individuals face up to 25 years in prison.
This case is part of a continuing crackdown by CFO Atwater’s Division of Insurance Fraud and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) in the fight against auto insurance fraud in Florida. In 2012, PIP fraud related arrests increased by 44 percent. The division was assisted by the Hialeah Police Department and Florida Highway Patrol in this arrest sweep.
Anyone with information of suspected insurance fraud is asked to call 1-800-378-0445. Citizens who provide tips can remain anonymous. The Department of Financial Services to date has awarded almost $275,000 to more than 40 citizens as part of its Anti-Fraud Reward Program. The program rewards individuals up to $25,000 for information that directly leads to an arrest and conviction in an insurance fraud scheme.
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending.