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CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Jacksonville Beach Man on Charges of Insurance Fraud

4/8/2014

Contact: Chris Cate
(850) 413 – 2842
 
TALLAHASSEE – Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced the arrest of Chiropractor Steven Rhodes, owner of Ocean View Health, Inc. in Jacksonville Beach for fraudulently billing for services and allowing unlicensed staff to perform medical treatments.
 
“This kind of fraudulent activity places honest, hard-working Floridians at risk not only financially, but also physically,” said CFO Atwater. “I am proud of our investigative team for uncovering this scam and holding this fraudster accountable for his misdeeds.”
 
The investigation, led by the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud, revealed that Rhodes was submitting fee slips that overinflated the number of treatments being provided. The investigation also revealed that Rhodes submitted fee slips for treatments never performed. Among the insurance companies affected by this crime are Kemper, State Farm, Nationwide, Esurance, Progressive, United Health, and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
 
Rhodes was arrested and booked into the Duval County Jail. If convicted, he faces a maximum of five years per count.

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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 spending.