Aurora Hernandez, who owned and operated Magic Hands Medical Services, has been arrested on PIP fraud charges for allegedly organizing and billing a staged accident.
According to an announcement by Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, her arrest is the latest in an aggressive crackdown called “Operation No-Med Services.” This investigation, which began in May 2013 and involves four accident clinics in Miami-Dade County, has led to the arrests of a medical doctor, two clinic owners, five medical licensees, six staged accident organizers and six other co-conspirators.
The Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF) said that its investigation revealed participants from five staged accidents were referred to clinics, including Magic Hands, for treatment that was not provided but still billed to insurance companies in excess of $408,000.
“I am proud of our investigators for their commitment to keeping fraudsters off the streets and out of the pockets of hard-working Floridians,” said CFO Atwater. “Every act of fraud drives up the cost of insurance and we refuse to allow those selfish acts to continue.”
For her role in the scheme, the 32-year old Hernandez faces a maximum of 235 years in prison.