CFO Sink’s Division of Insurance Fraud Brings a Five Year Old Fraud Case to a Halt
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2009
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CFO SINK’S DIVISION OF INSURANCE FRAUD BRINGS A FIVE YEAR OLD FRAUD CASE TO A HALT
After fleeing the country and fighting extradition, law enforcement officers were successful in extraditing fraud suspect to Duval County
JACKSONVILLE– Florida CFO Alex Sink today announced the arrest and extradition of a Duval County woman who fraudulently billed several insurance companies in Florida, Georgia and Connecticut over $330,000 for acupuncture services that were not rendered or were over-billed. The arrest is the result of a five-year long investigation by the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud along with multiple other state and federal agencies.
Jian Liu, 39, has been charged with organized fraud and false and fraudulent insurance claims. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison. Liu’s arrest underscores CFO Sink’s work to toughen penalties and crack down on insurance fraud criminals, whose actions cost not just businesses but also everyday consumers who face higher premiums because of this kind of fraud.
“Insurance fraud is a costly crime with serious consequences for businesses, communities, and consumers,” said CFO Sink. “I commend the diligent work of Detective Brian McCoy and all of the dedicated law enforcement professionals who worked to put this criminal behind bars.”
The Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud was prepared to arrest Liu in 2005 following an undercover investigation by Detective McCoy, when it was determined that Liu was filing fraudulent claims as well as offering to pay patients cash incentives to remain silent and allow the fraud to continue. However, Liu fled the country before the arrest, and traveled between Asia, the U.K. and Canada before she was arrested by the Canada Border Services Agency and consequently, by U.S. Customs. Following a Florida Governor’s Warrant, Liu was extradited to Florida on June 24 and booked in the Jacksonville County Jail.
In addition to the Division of Insurance Fraud, agencies involved in this investigation include: the Attorney General’s Office of the Statewide Prosecutor; National Insurance Crime Bureau; Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company; State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company; Progressive Insurance Company; Response Insurance, Meriden; AETNA Life Insurance Company; Connecticut General Life Insurance Company (CIGNA); and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Inc.