Florida says it's busted a $42 million insurance fraud ring

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Published: Feb. 6, 2019 at 6:18 PM EST
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By: Tim Chong | WTSP 10 News

February 6, 2019

Ten people were arrested and four people are still being sought after a $42 million insurance fraud ring was busted, state officials announced Wednesday.

The suspects used stolen doctors' identities to file more than 23,000 fraudulent claims after setting up 15 fake clinics and storefronts across Florida. In all, $42,742,852 in services were billed, even though no medical procedures were performed.

The accused ringleader is Jorge Valido, a former Miami doctor. He is still at large.

The arrests were announced by Florida's Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis.

“Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime and fraud like this drives up insurance costs for every Floridian," Patronis said. "Stolen identities, fake clinics and stealing $42 million – this was an elaborate fraud scheme and ultimately consumers are on the losing end