FL Insurance Scammer Sentenced to Five Years for False ImprisonmentScandalous Schemes — By Trace America on April 26, 2012 at 3:52 PM
What do a shooting, a kidnapping and an auto insurance scam have in common? Apparently, Yasmani Marquez; who has just earned himself five years in prison.
Marquez, 24, will serve those five years behind bars for the false imprisonment of a fellow scammer.
According to The Miami Herald, Marquez, who has already gone in front of a jury for kidnapping a coconspirator in a dispute over a $20,000 insurance scam claim, was sentenced on April 24th. The victim, who was acting in self-defense, shot and wounded Marquez after being held hostage for hours back in May of 2011.
Investigators state that Marquez ran the K&A Rehab Center, which was being used as a front in order to process bogus claims for staged accidents.
According to state statistics, because of Florida’s no-fault insurance law, personal injury protection (PIP) payout costs have skyrocketed in recent years, up by over $2 billion since 2008. The insurance industry says that bogus claims cost the average consumer by bumping up the costs of their coverage.
“Although he was not charged with insurance fraud, he is the primary example of how those committing insurance fraud, formerly a paperwork crimes, leads people to do violent crime,” Miami-Dade prosecutor Ana Manrara told the judge.
Back in March Marquez was acquitted on the more serious charges of kidnapping and robbery, but he was convicted of false imprisonment, which is a third-degree felony.
The judge on the case was none too pleased, stating that he “had no doubt that there was a fraud involved in pervading this entire incident.”
He further scolded, “It’s very disturbing to me that you thought this was a good get-rich quick idea.” Indeed.
According to state investigators, Marquez was in cahoots with four others who were later arrested for allegedly submitting $77,000 in bogus claims to four different clinics in Miami and Hialeah.
This post is authored by Trace America.