Author Archives: Mark J. Rose, Esq.

Perry Police Searching for Possible Windshield Scammers

Police in Perry, FL are receiving reports about possible scammers billing insurance companies for windshield repairs but not completing the work. The reports say that two people claim to work for “At Home Auto Glass” out of Sarasota. Police are working to identify the suspects.

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Filed under Fraud

Driver Error and Tesla Autopilot to Blame for 2018 Crash

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), driver errors and Tesla’s Autopilot design may be the cause of a crash involving Tesla’s Model and a parked fire truck in California. The NTSB cited the driver’s “inattention and over-reliance” noting that the driver kept his hands off the wheel for the majority of a 13 minute and 48-second trip.

Tesla’s Autopilot was engaged during at least three fatal U.S. crashes. However, Tesla says their owners have driven billions of miles with Autopilot engaged and that its data “indicates that drivers using Autopilot remain safer than those operating without assistance.”

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Filed under Technology

Clearwater Man Pleads Guilty in VA Benefits Fraud Scheme

Home care businessman Roland Brown pleaded guilty to paying $1M in bribes to a long-time friend who worked for the Department of Veteran Affairs. The scheme defrauded the organization’s benefits program for children with spina bifida. According to Brown’s plea, he allegedly set up Legacy Home Health in order to submit more than $3 million in false claims to the VA. This scheme is only one of several scams pulled off by Brown’s friend.

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Filed under Fraud, Healthcare

Florida CFO Urging Insurers to “Step Up” in Closing Out Remaining Hurricane Michael Claims

Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis is urging insurance companies to resolve the more than 21,000 open insurance claims related to Hurricane Michael. On the 9-month anniversary of Hurricane Michael, CFO Patronis released a statement to acknowledge “great strides in recovery,” but noted there’s a lot more work to do.

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Filed under Property (Homeowners)

Brothers Sentenced in $20 Million Insurance Fraud Scheme

Former insurance agent Stuart Alan Starr of One Stop Insurance Agency pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud in April 2019. Starr’s brother, Glen Wayne Starr pled guilty to the conspiracy to commit wire fraud in August 2018. The brothers received the same sentence of 101 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. They are both been ordered to pay over $20 million in restitution to the financial institutions they defrauded.

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Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis says a Quarter of Pedestrian Accidents in 2018 are Faked

According to Florida Chief Financial Officer Patronis, “In 2018, there were 9,300 pedestrian crashes and of those, an estimated 25 percent were staged.”

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Filed under Fraud, Personal Injury Protection (PIP)

Tampa Bay Residents Charged in $200M Health Care Fraud Scheme

Jessica Linton of Clearwater and Juan Rodriguez of Tampa are two of 10 people who were charged in an indictment alleging over $200 million in insurance fraud. Linton is facing 24 charges in the indictment while Rodriguez is facing 6 charges including health care fraud, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. The scheme included altering prescriptions to add non-prescribed drugs including Tramadol and ketamine.

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Filed under Fraud, Healthcare

Favorable Third District Court of Appeals Decision

Favorable decision from the Third District Court of Appeal upholding Defendant’s Proposal for Settlement and entitlement to attorney’s fees in a case where the Plaintiff claimed that the declaratory relief count filed along with a breach of contract count invalidated the Insurer’s Proposal for Settlement.

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Filed under Property (Homeowners)

Fort Myers Woman Arrested for Insurance Fraud

Crystal Danielle Clarkson of Fort Myers was arrested for submitting false claims to her insurance company for treatments she did not receive. She sent 34 extra claims totaling $70,546.12 although she had only been seen by hospital medical providers two times. Clarkson is facing up to 30 years for charges of organized scheme to defraud, grand theft, insurance fraud.

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Stuart OB/GYN Found Guilty in Health Insurance Fraud Scheme

A federal court jury found Dr. Sheetal Kanar Kumar, former Stuart obstetrician and gynecologist, guilty of 23 counts of health insurance fraud. Kumar faces up to 10 years in prison and fines of $250,000 for each charge as a result of her fraudulent claims to Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Kumar’s claims involved charges for patient office visits involving complex cystometrogram, anorectal manometry, uroflowmetry and voiding pressure studies.

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Filed under Fraud, Healthcare