CFO Atwater Announces Arrest of Miami-Dade Clinic Owner for PIP Fraud
Contact: Chris Cate
TALLAHASSEE – Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced the arrest of Aurora Hernandez on charges of organizing and billing for a staged accident, commonly known as Personal Injury Protection (PIP) fraud. Hernandez’s arrest is the latest in a string of arrests resulting from Operation No-Med Services, which dates back to May 2013 and involves four accident clinics in Miami-Dade County.
“I am proud of our investigators for their commitment to keeping fraudsters off the streets and out of the pockets of hard-working Floridians,” said CFO Atwater. “Every act of fraud drives up the cost of insurance and we refuse to allow those selfish acts to continue.”
In May 2013, the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud conducted an investigation called Operation No-Med Services, which has led to the arrests of a medical doctor, two clinic owners, five medical licensees, six staged accident organizers and six others. Hernandez, who operated Magic Hands Medical Services, faces a maximum of 235 years in prison for her involvement in the staged accidents.
The Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Insurance Fraud is actively seeking Ricardo Jimenez, owner of two now-defunct Miami-Dade clinics. Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of Jimenez can call1-800-378-0445 and may be eligible for a reward under the DFS Anti-Fraud Reward Program. Citizens who provide tips can remain anonymous.
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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government; reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses; and providing transparency and accountability in spending.