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Tom Gallagher Announces Arrests in $100,000 Insurance Fraud Case


CONTACT: Nina Banister
(850) 413-2842
TALLAHASSEE - Florida's Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher today announced the arrest of a Jacksonville acupuncturist and two of his patients on charges of insurance fraud. The announcement came after an investigation by the Department of Financial Services' Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF), which CFO Gallagher oversees, and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) uncovered a fraudulent billing scheme that stuck at least seven insurance companies for more than $100,000.
 Dr. Jia Qi Wu, 71, of Jacksonville; Frank Wodrazka, 60, of Weston; and Runsong Jiang, 34, of Orlando, allegedly participated in a scheme that included pre-billing, billing for services not rendered and over-billing.  Wu, who operates Dr. Wu Acupuncture Center at 3948 Sunbeam Road, Suite 4, Jacksonville, is charged with insurance fraud, organized fraud and two counts of money laundering.  Wodrazka is charged with money laundering, and Jiang is charged with organized fraud and insurance fraud.  The charges are being prosecuted by the Office of Statewide Prosecution. 
 "Insurance fraud hits every Floridian in the pocketbook," said Florida's Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher, who oversees the department.  "We will continue to follow every lead regarding possible fraud and send a strong message that such abuse of our citizens will not be tolerated." 
 Following up on a tip, an undercover detective contacted an employee concerning the fraudulent billing and she offered to give the undercover officer half of whatever she received from the insurance company in order to keep him quiet.  The employee paid the undercover officer $333 as his share in the proceeds from the insurance carrier.  Jiang allegedly was paid more than $12,000. 
 Insurance companies billed in the scheme were Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Progressive Insurance Company, Response Insurance, AETNA Life Insurance Company, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company (CIGNA), and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Inc. 
  The Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud, investigates various forms of fraud in insurance, including health, life, auto, property and workers' compensation insurance.  Anyone with information about this case or another possible fraud scheme should call the department's Fraud Hotline at 1-800-378-0445.  A reward of up to $25,000 may be offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. Gallagher also serves as the State Fire Marshal.