Eleven More Including a Chiro Indicted in Florida Staged Crash Ring2, Rings & Mills, Staged Accidents — By Trace America on June 20, 2012 at 3:59 PM
Following up on a story we brought you last month about Oscar Luis Franco Padron and his part in several staged accidents, we find that eleven others also involved in those accidents have been arrested and charged.
According to a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) press release, Wifredo A. Ferrer, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and other government officials announced that 11 defendants were charged due to their roles in the staged accident ring. So far, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged 26 defendants in less than 12 months for their involvement.
In the two separate indictments, defendants Obelio Rodriguez, a.k.a Ovy, 43; Maria Molina, a.k.a Cary, 41; Yuliet Tapanes, 25; Moises Madrid, 40 –who is a licensed massage therapist; Dagoberto Milian Lopez, a.k.a Lavadora, 56; Amaurys Hernandez, a.k.a El Manco, 40; Gilda Garcia, a.k.a Hilda, a.k.a La Que Carta, 49; Javier De La Caridad Troncoso, 45; Ana Ovando, 42; and Janice Velez, 39, were each charged. They all received one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Defendant Jennifer Adams, 38, a licensed chiropractic physician, was also charged in an information with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment.
Not a big surprise that these defendants were all allegedly trying to take advantage of Florida’s “No Fault” insurance law, under which insurers must provide Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage of $10,000 per person.
The defendants allegedly unlawfully enriched themselves by submitting fraudulent PIP claims for chiropractic and massage therapy treatments for individuals who had participated in staged automobile accidents. The defendants recruited individuals to participate in staged automobile accidents and instructed participants on how to conduct accidents; what to tell responding police officers, insurance company representatives, and independent medical examination (IME) physicians; how to collect police reports; and what clinic to go to for treatment, even though the participants did not need treatment.
Court documents also note that the defendants prepared fraudulent insurance documents to go along with fraudulent PIP Automobile Insurance Claims for chiropractic and massage therapy treatments for the staged accident participants. It would be claimed that that the treatments were medically necessary and that the patients had received them when, in fact, they were neither necessary nor given. The defendants and their co-conspirators submitted these claims to various automobile insurance companies via the United States mail.
Adams apparently served as named owner of the chiropractic clinics, even though the other defendants would maintain financial control of the businesses.
In our previous article, we gave you the names of three of the clinics involved –the Chiropractic Office of South Florida and Healthcare ’R Us in Palm Springs, and New York Medical and Rehab Center in Lake Clarke Shores. The other clinics involved include:
- OVY Rehabilitation Medical Center;
- HHR Rehab Medical Center;
- Chiropractic Center of Palm Beach Corp;
- KCC, all located in West Palm Beach;
- and Florida Mango Massage Therapy Center, located in Lake Clarke Shores
Defendants Rodriguez and Lopez are currently at large and considered fugitives. Defendant Molina is scheduled for a pre-trial detention hearing and arraignment on June 19th. Defendant Tapanes was released on a $100,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned on July 2nd. Defendant Madrid was released on a $50,000 bond and arraigned on June 12th. Defendant Hernandez is scheduled for a pre-trial detention hearing and was arraigned on June 19th. Defendant Garcia had her initial appearances before Magistrate Judge Brannon and was released on a $100,000 bond. Defendant Troncoso was scheduled for a bond hearing and arraignment on June 20th. Defendant Ana Ovando was scheduled for a pretrial detention hearing and arraignment on June 20th. Defendant Velez was arraigned before Magistrate Judge Brannon, where she pled not guilty, and was released on a $100,000 bond. Defendant Adams had her initial appearance where she was released on a $50,000 bond and scheduled for arraignment on July 2nd.
No trial date has been set for any of the defendants.
This post is authored by Trace America.