Four people – including one doctor – changed their “Not Guilty” pleas to “Guilty” in a Florida federal court last week. They have been convicted of conspiracy charges, for their roles in a fake auto accident with injury scheme, according to U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer.
Doctor Aaron Freedlander, a chiropractor in Weston, was found to be a key player in a fraudulent chiropractic clinic scheme which resulted in the auto insurance theft of millions of dollars.
According to court documents, between October 2006 and December 2012, the co-conspirators would stage hundreds of car crashes and then submit false insurance claims through at least 20 chiropractic clinics controlled by a man named Elias Munguia, age 41, of Miami.
Investigators discovered that medical clinic operators would hire chiropractors like Freedlander, who then billed auto insurance companies for medically unnecessary treatments, as well as for services that were never provided.
Freedlander, age 50, could get 20 years in prison for each Mail Fraud and Money- laundering count. He has also been ordered to pay $2,000,000 in restitution at his sentencing hearing in West Palm Beach.
According to federal investigators, the insurance fraud crackdown known as Operation Sledgehammer, has brought down 21 medical clinics and nearly 100 men and women across the state of Florida.
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