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CFO Jimmy Patronis: Scammers Arrested in $2.8 Million Dental Insurance Fraud Scheme

1/31/2019

For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Contact: Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com 

CFO Jimmy Patronis: Scammers Arrested in $2.8 Million Dental Insurance Fraud Scheme

MIAMI – Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Renate Manns, owner of International Dental Group, Inc., along with five associates in an alleged $2.8 million insurance fraud scheme based in Miami-Dade County.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “Let me be clear: If you commit fraud in Florida, you will be caught and you will be thrown in jail. I am continuing my fight against fraud to protect Floridians from skyrocketing insurance premiums.”
 
CFO Patronis’ fraud Investigators discovered Manns originally employed six licensed dentists at her practice. Once the dentists left the practice, Manns allegedly used their names and license information to bill insurance companies for fraudulent dental treatments between 2014 and 2017. One license used in the scheme belonged to a dentist who passed away in November 2013.
 
Manns was arrested on January 29, along with four of her associates: Raquel Soca, Blanca Nieves Bermudez, Carmen Elena Perez and her husband Danilo Alain Perez for their involvement in the fraud scheme. On January 31, the fifth associate Macia Rocio turned herself over to law enforcement for her involvement. All participants face multiple charges including identity theft, organized fraud, insurance fraud, and grand theft.
 
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About CFO Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet, who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).