GAINSCO plays key role in Miami-based auto insurance fraud bust
Operation Dark Horizon nets 17 arrests, with more anticipated
At a Miami press conference on Mar. 2, 2011, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater joined Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle to announce the results of Operation Dark Horizon, the largest Personal Injury Protection (PIP) bust since the CFO took office.
The Miami-based investigation by Atwater’s Division of Insurance Fraud resulted in the arrests of 17 individuals including a clinic owner, doctors, clinic employees and staged accident recruiters. Eight additional individuals have been charged and are being sought by investigators.
GAINSCO's own Special Investigation Unit (SIU) provided substantial assistance in the operation, along with the U.S. Secret Service Miami Electronic Crimes Task Force and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).
“This case is just one example of the hundreds of similar fraud schemes run daily by accident clinics operating throughout Florida,” said Atwater. “The fraud schemers bill insurance companies for procedures that never happen, and we all get stuck with the bill through increased auto insurance premiums.”
GAINSCO remains committed to working with state and local authorities in the prevention and prosecution of fraud in our industry. Read the full press announcement here.
|GAINSCO Sr. Vice President of Claims Greg Castleman, Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater||GAINSCO SIU Team Leader Ricardo Ettrick, Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and GAINSCO Special Investigator Leonard Rodriguez|