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CFO Sink: 7 Arrested For Staging Accident in South Florida

9/27/2010

CONTACT: Jerri Franz or Jayme O’Rourke, 850-413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE – Florida CFO Alex Sink today announced the arrests of seven people in South Florida on charges of insurance fraud after the suspects allegedly rented a U-Haul truck, intentionally crashed it into a passenger van, then billed their insurance companies for services at various medical clinics. The investigation and subsequent arrests were conducted by CFO Sink’s Division of Insurance Fraud, which began the arrests in August and made the last two arrests late last week.
 
“Staged accidents are dangerous crimes that put the lives of innocent people at risk, and also cost all of us in the form of higher premiums,” said CFO Alex Sink.  “I am grateful for the work of my insurance fraud investigators for working to put these fraudsters behind bars. Would-be scammers out there need to know that this kind of action will not be tolerated.”
 
Insurance Fraud investigators were tipped off to the fraud by a referral from Republic Western Insurance Company, which indicated there was a crash involving seven people that appeared to be a staged accident. Their investigation revealed that one of the subjects rented a U-Haul truck and intentionally crashed it into the passenger van, which was confirmed by the participants in the investigation. The staged accident was organized by Charles Philome, who recruited the other participants. The subjects were subsequently treated at several clinics which billed insurance companies in excess of $80,000 in fraudulent charges.
 
The seven suspects each face up to five years in prison. They are listed below:
 
  • Charles Philome, 45, of Margate – arrested August 30
  • Franck Sibert, 38, of Margate – arrested August 30
  • Delisthene Joseph, 53, of Ft. Lauderdale – arrested August 30
  • Lodace Mede, 50, of Lauderdale Lakes – arrested August 30
  • Jackson Augustin, 32, of Pompano Beach – arrested Sepember 2
  • Eugene Similien, 34, of Ft. Lauderdale – arrested September 23
  • Kervens Jean-Pierre, 23, of Ft. Lauderdale – arrested September 23

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