Former Medical Clinic Bookkeeper Charged with Insurance Fraud

Teresa Johnson of Lecanto has been charged with insurance fraud for allegedly defrauding Medicare and Medicaid while working as a bookkeeper for the now-closed Christ Medical Center. According to Johnson’s plea statement, she knowingly billed Medicaid and Medicare for services the now deceased clinic owner did not perform. She also ordered tests she knew were not medically necessary.

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Roig Lawyers Complimentary Webinar – Injections Don’t Need To Be Painful

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We are pleased to announce a webinar perfect for October, “Injections Don’t Have to be Painful” presented by Orlando Managing Partner Scharome Wolfe. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, October 29th at 1:00 pm. This course explores the use of injections by pain management physicians and their teams. This CE is approved for 1 credit for Florida adjusters.

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Titusville Man Sets 300-Acre Brush Fire Trying to Defraud Insurer

Brevard County Sheriff’s Office arrested Roger Garrett for allegedly setting his car on fire and causing a 300-acre brush fire. Investigators determined that Garrett set his car on fire to defraud his insurance company and ended up starting a brush fire that quickly covered 300 acres.

Garrett is being charged with several crimes, including arson, burning with intent to defraud an insurer and insurance fraud.

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Three Miami Arrests in Physical Therapy Clinic PIP Fraud Scheme

Three individuals from the Miami physical therapy clinic Professional Medical Practice have been arrested in an alleged personal injury protection (PIP) fraud scheme. The clinic owner Alean Machado, recruiter Barbarito Leyva-Claro, and physical therapist Yoandra Rodriguez-Pena were charged with Insurance Fraud, Grand Theft, Patient Brokering and Organized Scheme to Defraud.

An undercover investigation uncovered the scheme which paid $2,500 for patients that participated in the fraudulent physical therapy sessions. Two insurance companies were billed over $39,000 in fraudulent claims from the clinic. Machado, Rodriguez-Pena and Leyva-Claro could face up to 45 years in prison if proven guilty.

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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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Unlicensed Contractor Arrested for Defrauding Elderly Man

Cleveland Brantley, an unlicensed contractor with a track record for scamming, was arrested on charges of scheme to defraud, grand theft and elderly exploitation. Brantley scammed a 77-year-old man out of more than $60,000 for repair but did little to no work. The victim contacted Brantley for repairs through HomeAdvisor.com, took his money and promised to do work, but showed up for work on and off for a week but never completed any repairs.

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Tesla Announced Launch of Its Insurance

Tesla announced the launched of its own insurance and claims that it will provide customers with lower rates because of the safety features in its vehicles. According to Tesla, “because Tesla knows its vehicles best, Tesla Insurance is able to leverage the advanced technology, safety, and serviceability of our cars to provide insurance at a lower cost.”

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Looking Forward to the 2019 NAMWOLF Annual Meeting & Law Firm Expo!

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The NAMWOLF Annual Meeting & Law Firm Expo is a three-day conference providing unique opportunities to connect corporate counsel from Fortune 1000 companies and minority and women-owned law firms. The conference features NAMWOLF’s signature event, the Law Firm Expo, which provides an opportunity for In-House Counsel to meet with the Nation’s top minority and women-owned law firms in a relaxed networking environment.

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UPDATE: New Charges Filed Against Jacksonville Contractor & Suspected Fraudster

Eighteen new charges have been filed against Jacksonville contractor, Wyatt Green. Green was arrested in April on charges of organized fraud, forgery and grand theft. The list of Green’s victims has grown from a handful to 19. Homeowners contacted I-TEAM saying that their insurance companies had paid Storm RS to make repairs to their homes that were never completed.

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Five People Charged in Mail-order Prescriptions Patient-Brokering Kickbacks

Five people have been charged with patient brokering, insurance fraud, money laundering, and racketeering in connection with a scam that raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks. Authorities allege that hundreds of prescriptions, many of them fraudulent, were sent to Express Care Pharmacy with prices ranging from $646 to $5,614. Many of the prescriptions were forged, unnecessary, or submitted without the patients or treating physician’s consent, according to the police report.

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