Attorneys, chiropractors and clinic employees in Martin, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties were swept up this morning in the culmination of a year-long undercover investigation led by the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud.
Two Boca Raton attorneys are among the five individuals arrested today:
• Brian Greenspoon (attorney), Boca Raton
• Cory Meltzer (attorney), Boca Raton
• Roger Hughes Bell (chiropractor), Hobe Sound
• Alejandro Marin, Homestead
• Douglas Santiago, Boynton Beach
Lake Worth chiropractor Ray Grand and Stuart resident Christina Savoye have warrants out for their arrest.
A brokering agreement among participants governed the payment of fees to a patient broker who recruited patients illegally for treatment at unnamed South Florida medical clinics. Unbeknownst to the crime ring organizers, the broker was in reality an undercover agent. Other law enforcement personnel, also working under cover, infiltrated the clinics involved to document the allegedly criminal activities.
Principals in the fraud scheme acknowledged on several occasions that it was illegal to pay for patients, so all referrals were paid under the guise of marketing services, according to a press release issued by Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.
Apparently, insurance carriers and others were billed by participating clinics for medical and chiropractic services that were not rendered. Patients were also being taught how to fake injuries, according to the release.
While exact dollar amounts are not available, the crime ring is believed to be responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent billings.
The defendants will be prosecuted by the 15th and 19th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s offices, according to the release.
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