On January 11th, 2012, the Tampa Police Department, the Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office, and the National Insurance Crime Bureau, obtained a search warrant to inspect the Heisha Medical & Therapy Center in Tampa. This location was the suggested scene of a variety of insurance fraud offenses. Upon further research and investigation, the law enforcement officers were able to determine that the employers at the therapy center were committing insurance fraud on a regular basis. Detectives posted as patients at the medical center and visited the clinic where they were pressured to sign blank medical insurance claim forms. They obtained money for doing so.
On most occasions when the detectives visited the clinic they were given little to no therapy or treatment. Instead, they would simply be told to sign blank forms and received money as a result. At one point, the detectives witnessed the clinic employees stage a car crash in order to obtain money. Driver’s intentionally crashed their vehicles and then, moved to another location where the called the police and reported the accident. They filed a report and received between $500 and $1,500 in compensation for the car accidents. Police then arrested the dishonest men and women and brought them to jail. Four suspects were employees at the clinic and three were participants in the staged car accidents.
Fraudulent medical clinics can bring as many as $1 million per year in false claims. The Hillsborough County Sherriff’sOffice and other offices in Florida are dedicated to discovering any insurance fraud schemes and punishing those who perpetrated these schemes. If you have been accused of
insurance fraud, then you need a criminal defense attorney on your side to defend you in court. Maybe you were associated with the offenders but did not take part in the scheme, or you have been framed. If so, a lawyer at Thomas & Paulk can help. Contact an attorney at the firm today for more information!