On August 8, 2016, police arrested a dozen people in Miami-Dade County for their involvement in medical fraud schemes. Three of those arrested were employees of Brothers Medical Clinic on West Flagler St; which included a doctor, therapist and a woman who worked at the front desk.
According to detectives, the investigation began in September when an undercover officer walked into the clinic claiming he was involved in a car accident and needed therapy. The officer only visited that clinic once, but his insurance was billed thousands of dollars for services that were never provided.
“There wasn’t any type of treatment whatsoever,” an undercover detective with the National Insurance Crime Bureau said. “They were just billing the insurance companies for services not rendered, and this is something that goes on time and time again.”
The other nine arrests took place at a clinic in West Kendall.
“South Florida has become the capital of the country for medical fraud, and these types of clinics are an epidemic in the country,” said Miami Police Officer Rene Pimentel.
These fraudulent schemes are affecting insurance rates across the United States and are costing insureds hundreds of millions of dollars, where the sole beneficiaries are the clinics and doctors who facilitate these schemes.
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