July 9, 2015
The Florida Division of Insurance Fraud will be featured on tonight’s episode of A&E’s newest series, American Takedown, at 10pm EST. According to producers, American Takedown goes behind the scenes of America’s biggest criminal cases. The episode follows the breakdown of a large-scale PIP fraud case, and allows viewers an in-depth look at the inner workings of complex criminal investigations, according to the Department of Financial Services.
The featured case, known as “Operation Cold Call,” uncovered a network of attorneys, doctors and clinic employees who were engaged in recruiting, paying and treating “patients” for treatments that did not exist following staged car accidents in October 2014. For more than a year, insurance fraud investigators worked undercover, embedded into the clinics that were accepting patients who were illegally solicited.
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said at the time five arrests were made in Martin, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, following the investigation by the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud. Additional warrants were issued for two people.
Source: Florida Department of Financial Services.