Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 13-023

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 14, 2013
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Search Warrants Served On Medical Therapy Clinic

    Four arrested in staged crash scheme.
    • Friday
    • January 11, 2013
    • Time: 10:00 AM
    • Heisha Medical & Therapy Clinic
    • 4620 N. Habana Avenue Suite 202
    • Tampa, Florida

    Arrested:


    Reinier Prieto Santurio (Office Manager)
    DOB: 05/24/1979
    6107 Bay Club Ct.
    Tampa, FL
    • Charge: Patient Brokering


    Jose Victores Ruiz (Participant)
    DOB: 11/28/1965
    8712 Fountain Avenue
    Tampa, FL
    • Charge: False Report


    Jesus Fernandez (Coordinator)
    DOB: 10/27/1961
    4411 Tuscany Glen Circle #201
    Tampa, FL
    • Charges: False Report, Patient Brokering


    Ana Belen Valdes (Legal Assistant)
    DOB: 08/22/1986
    7210 N Manhattan Ave, #1111
    Tampa, FL
    • Charges: Soliciting Motor Vehicle Tort Claims

    Additional Arrests Are Anticipated

    Details:

    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.

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