In September, 2013 three people were arrested in similar but unlinked PIP
insurance fraud investigations in Miami, as reported by Jeff Atwater,
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer. Atwater has played a pivotal
role alongside Governor Rick Scott in a campaign to reform PIP laws and
stamp out auto insurance fraud.
“PIP fraud schemes drive up auto insurance rates for all Floridians,
so we must do everything we can to put a stop to them. I applaud our investigators
for their diligence in bringing these fraudsters to justice,” Atwater
stated in an interview with the
Chiropractor David Louis Hirschenson was arrested for soliciting accident
victims to fraudulently obtain vehicle crash reports.
Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud conducted an investigation concluding that Hirschenson used fraudulent
media credentials to solicit accident victims and obtain crash reports
illegally. Hirschenson was charged with 19 separate counts of obtaining
illegal crash reports and one count of solicitation.
A separate investigation led detectives to discover a husband and wife
team, Nester Sanchez and Chakira Vila Puentes. The pair owned the C &
N Therapy Center, an unlicensed accident-injury clinic in Miami. They
hired a licensed massage therapist to pose as a shell owner of the clinic
and billed insurance companies for at least $353,000 in fraudulent PIP
benefits. The clinic collected at least $212,000 as a result of the fraudulent claims.