Insurance Fraud Defense
Investigation Launched into Staged Car Accidents
Are you currently facing insurance fraud or other criminal charges in conjunction with “Operation No Pain No Gain”? Hillsborough County deputies announced on May 12, 2011 that more than
50 arrest warrants were issued in conjunction with a 5-month investigation into insurance fraud committed by staging crashes. Search warrants were also served at 4 different medical clinics.
“Operation No Pain No Gain”, conducted with the involvement of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Hillsborough County Office of the State Attorney Department, The National Insurance Crime Bureau and Florida Department of Financial Services, concluded with the issuance of 53 arrest warrants and search warrants for 4 medical clinics in the Hillsborough County area. Suspects include those accused of actually staging the accidents as well as those running or working at clinics where insurance scams are allegedly being run. Criminal charges resulting from the investigation range from Filing False and Fraudulent Insurance Claims, to Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering Influence Corrupt Organization (RICO).
Why the focus on insurance fraud?
According to statistics compiled by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, fraudulent insurance claims throughout Florida increased 119% from 2008 through 2010. In Tampa, they rose an astonishing 491%, making the city the nation’s epicenter for staged auto accidents.
This investigation may signify the first of many efforts by law enforcement and prosecutors alike to crack down on insurance fraud violations. At the law firm of Thomas & Paulk, we are therefore increasing our focus on offering experienced criminal defense counsel for those arrested for or accused of insurance fraud.
Only with a competent criminal attorney do you have the opportunity of challenging your charges and avoiding serious penalties, such as imprisonment and heavy fines.