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CFO Jimmy Patronis: Arrest of Crooked Opioid Treatment Center Owner for $104,000 Insurance Fraud Underscores Importance of Anti-Fraud Efforts

11/9/2018

For Immediate Release: Friday, November 9, 2018
Contact: Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com  

CFO Jimmy Patronis: Arrest of Crooked Opioid Treatment Center Owner for $104,000 Insurance Fraud Underscores Importance of Anti-Fraud Efforts

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of James Durkin, 39, owner of The Hope Center of Recovery, an opioid treatment facility located in Boynton Beach, Florida, for insurance fraud. Durkin was charged with two counts of organized scheme to defraud for allegedly submitting over $104,000 in fraudulent insurance billing.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “As the opioid crisis continues to grip our nation, it’s unconscionable that anyone would use addiction treatment to make a quick buck. Insurance fraud at crooked addiction treatment centers fuels the ongoing opioid epidemic in Florida. Fraud like this takes away from the real work that legitimate opioid treatment homes are doing to help those who need it. Combating fraud at opioid treatment centers will remain one of my top priorities."
 
A joint investigation between CFO Patronis’ Division of Investigative & Forensic Services, Sober Home Task Force of Palm Beach County (SHTF), and the Boynton Beach Police Department (BBPD) revealed evidence that Durkin was falsifying billing information to Cigna and United Health Care for addiction recovery treatments. Treating physicians listed on billing documents were falsified in order to defraud the insurance companies into reimbursing the clinic for addiction treatment services that were never performed.
 
Durkin surrendered to insurance fraud detectives at the Palm Beach County Jail and faces up to 30 years in prison.
 
To report suspected fraud, call CFO Patronis’ Fraud Hotline at 1-800-378-0445 or repot online at MyFloridaCFO.com. People reporting fraud can remain anonymous.
 
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About CFO Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a native Floridian and a member of Florida’s Cabinet, who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).