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Reinier Prieto Santurio (Office Manager)
6107 Bay Club Ct.
- Charge: Patient Brokering
Jose Victores Ruiz (Participant)
8712 Fountain Avenue
Jesus Fernandez (Coordinator)
4411 Tuscany Glen Circle #201
- Charges: False Report, Patient Brokering
Ana Belen Valdes (Legal Assistant)
7210 N Manhattan Ave, #1111
- Charges: Soliciting Motor Vehicle Tort Claims
Additional Arrests Are Anticipated
On January 11, 2012 at approximately 10:00 a.m., the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Tampa Police Department and the National Insurance Crime Bureau, conducted a search warrant at the Heisha Medical & Therapy Center located at 4620 North Habana Avenue, Suite 202 in Tampa.
Since August 2012, undercover detectives have been posing as patients at the Heisha Medical & Therapy Center. Detectives would visit the clinic and sign blank medical insurance claim forms in exchange for monetary compensation. On most visits they would receive very minimal treatment or none at all. On one occasion, undercover detectives witnessed a staged crash organized by the clinic's "crash coordinator." The coordinator set up the crash with three participants at a staged location. The drivers intentionally crashed their vehicles and then moved to another location. From there they called police to file the false report. The crash participants each received between $500-$1,500 in compensation. As a result of this investigation, detectives identified seven suspects. Of the seven suspects, four are clinic employees and three participated in a staged crash.
These types of fraudulent medical clinics can average a million dollars a year in false claims to the auto insurance industry. The total combined cost statewide reaches into the millions and raises every individual’s auto insurance policy by nearly $50. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will continue to work closely with other agencies in an attempt to prevent and combat insurance fraud.