CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Two Arrests for Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance Fraud
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TALLAHASSEE – CFO Jeff Atwater today announced the arrests of Leonardo F. Marquez Garcia and Dayleann Marie Vallejo-Ruiz, of Miami and Orlando respectively, on charges of insurance fraud. An investigation by the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud revealed that Garcia would do supposed ‘initial examinations’ on crash victims and refer them to the Injury Rehabilitation Center for physical therapy treatments. Vallejo-Ruiz, the owner of the clinic and a licensed massage therapist, had patients sign blank treatment forms that were sent to the insurance company requesting payment for services never provided.
“This kind of deceit and abuse hurts all Floridians in the form of higher premiums,” said CFO Atwater. “I am proud of my team for putting a stop to this fraud and for their continuing success keeping other fraudsters off our streets.”
Allstate insurance company received bills for the alleged medical treatments purportedly provided between February 3 and March 16, 2012, on two crash victims. Leonardo F. Marquez Garcia submitted requests for payment for his initial examinations claiming his services were provided on behalf of Global Rehabilitation Center, Inc., 15271 NW 60th Avenue, Suite 106, Miami Lakes, Florida, which is not an Area of Critical Need facility and where Leonardo F. Marquez Garcia, an Area of Critical Needs Doctor, was not licensed to practice medicine. Therefore, Garcia was additionally charged with the unlicensed practice of medicine for operating outside the scope of his license.
The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected. The case is being prosecuted by the Orange County State Attorney’s Office, and each defendant faces up to 15-20 years in prison if convicted.
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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 state spending.