Three Arrested for Operating Unlicensed Orlando Clinic Used in PIP Fraud Scam
Contact: Ashley Carr
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ORLANDO, Fla. – The Department of Financial Services today announced three Central Florida arrests made by the Division of Insurance Fraud for the operation of an unlicensed clinic in Orlando that was used as part of a personal injury protection (PIP) fraud scheme. Dr. Lherisson Domond, a Coconut Creek resident, fronted ownership of the clinic, Unity Pain and Injury Center, from February to December 2012, but the clinic was operated by several non-licensed individuals who offered to pay Domond $1,500 a month for use of his name.
An investigation conducted by the Florida’s Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud revealed that Unity Pain and Injury Center illegally provided medical treatment and physical therapy to individuals involved in motor vehicle accidents. The treatments were then billed to various insurance companies under the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage of the patients’ insurance policies.
Dr. Domond has admitted that he entered into an agreement to be paid for the use of his name as owner. The investigation further revealed that Nesly Loute of Naples and Pierre Alex Herisse of Orlando hired clinic staff and managed its operations.
The three arrested individuals face felony charges for fraud, operating an unlicensed clinic and grand theft that carry sentences of up to 30 years. Warrants for the arrests were issued by the office of Orange County State Attorney Jeffrey L. Ashton, which will be prosecuting the case. The Division of Insurance Fraud has made 249 PIP fraud arrests since July 1, 2014.
Anyone with information about suspected insurance fraud is asked to call 1-800-378-0445. Citizens who provide tips can remain anonymous. The Department of Financial Services has awarded almost $350,000 to nearly 60 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.
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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. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).