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New Port Richey Chiropractic Assistant Convicted of Patient Brokering, Sentenced to Serve Jail Time

6/21/2016

For Immediate Release:
June 20, 2016

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. – The Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF), which operates under the direction of Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, today announced the recent conviction and sentencing of former Tampa area chiropractic assistant Anthony Cirruzzo. Earlier this year, Cirruzzo was arrested and faced trial on patient brokering charges related to the operation of West Coast Medical Management, a Tampa medical clinic he once owned. He was convicted, sentenced to serve six months in the Hillsborough County Jail and ordered to pay over $5,000 in fines.

Investigators first began looking into Cirruzzo after receiving information from multiple insurance carriers that alerted the Department that West Coast Medical Management was involved in alleged insurance fraud and patient brokering activity. Patient brokering involves the recruitment and referral of individuals to seek medical treatment in exchange for cash or other reimbursement. Based on this information, DIF conducted a three-month undercover operation during which Cirruzzo paid an undercover investigator to attend the clinic.

Following his prison sentence, Cirruzzo will complete four years of supervised probation. He has surrendered his professional license and has been permanently barred from working within the insurance industry. This case was successfully prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Michael Lennon of the 13th Judicial Circuit and tried by Judge Ashley B. Moody.
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