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Clinic Operator Faces Insurance Fraud Charge

11/1/2002

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner Tom Gallagher announced today that a Miami woman has been charged with filing a fraudulent insurance claim for allegedly lying to an insurance company about her financial interest in a clinic that was treating her for injuries sustained in a car accident.

Leslie Gonzalez-Quevedo, 28, 9350 Fountainblue Blvd., C-307, was arrested at her home Tuesday by investigators with the Department of Insurance's Division of Insurance Fraud.

Gonzalez-Quevedo was involved in a traffic accident on April 30, 1999, and sought treatment at South Florida Medical Group, located at 9600 S.W. 8th St. She initially filed the claims on the personal injury protection (PIP) portion of her own auto insurance policy, but later sought an additional $50,000 in bodily injury benefits from Allstate, the other driver's insurance company.

In statements to Allstate, Gonzalez-Quevedo claimed to have no financial interest in South Florida Medical Group, but according to investigators she was a corporate officer and shareholder. Further, she told Allstate she had one prior traffic accident that resulted in medical treatment, but an investigation revealed she had been involved in and sought treatment for similar injuries in at least three prior accidents.

South Florida Medical Group is no longer in operation. Gonzalez-Quevedo is now president of Progressive Medical Specialty, located at 7943 N.W. 2nd St.

Gonzalez-Quevedo was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional facility and released after posting a $5,000 bond.