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Two Arrested in Miami Following Assisted Living Facility Fraud Scheme

8/18/2017

For Immediate Release:
August 18, 2017
 
Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413–2842
 
MIAMI, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and the Department of Financial Services (DFS) today announced the recent arrest of insurance representative, Claudia Estevez, and her client, Ariel Mora, following an investigation led by DFS’ Bureau of Insurance Fraud. In an alleged attempt to evade a higher insurance premium, Estevez aided Mora by helping him submit a fictitious insurance application allowing Mora to fraudulently obtain a less expensive, inadequate insurance policy. 

Investigators believe Mora completed a residential home owner’s insurance application indicating the structure he was insuring was not being used for business or commercial purposes. Estevez authorized the application allowing Mora to purchase a home owner’s insurance policy, for what would be an assisted living facility (ALF), instead of obtaining a commercial insurance policy for his ALF, as required by Florida law.
 
DFS’ investigation went on to reveal Estevez knew the property was intended to be an ALF and was attempting to help Mora obtain a lower insurance premium. As a result of Estevez’s actions, Citizens Property Insurance lost $1,536.00 in underpaid premiums. In addition, any future claims against Mora’s ALF policy would have been denied due to inadequate insurance coverage.
 
Investigators arrested Estevez August 9, 2017 and charged her with insurance fraud, grand theft and organized scheme to defraud. Estevez was transported to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center without incident and is being held with a $15,000 bond. If convicted, she could face up to 15 years in prison.
 
Investigators arrested Mora May 24, 2017 and charged him with insurance fraud and grand theft.  Mora was transported to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center and is being held with a $10,000 bond. 
 
These cases will be prosecuted by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.
 
ALF’s are long-term care residences that offer various services such as health and medicine management, transportation and meal services in an effort to support seniors and developmentally or physically disabled members of our local communities.
 
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