Staged Accident Fraud in Palm Beach County
Authorities said today they charged 33 people and arrested 26 in a staged-accident ring in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.
Seven people are fugitives, including two alleged ringleaders that officials say have fled to Cuba.
“Staged accident fraud has become the largest source of healthcare fraud in Palm Beach County,” said Marcus Christian, executive assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
Sixteen of 21 chiropractic clinics involved are based in Palm Beach County.
It’s the latest phase of a multi-agency operation that has been going on for more than three years and resulted in charges against 92 people.
The defendants are accused of staging auto accidents and billing insurers for amounts officials said exceeded $20 million. (source)
According to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, staged car crashes are a growing criminal problem.
Drivers maneuver unsuspecting motorists into crashes in order to make false insurance claims. The cars generally suffer little damage in relation to the large demand that is then fraudulently submitted. In 2011, a group of seven people in North and South Carolina were arrested for allegedly stealing over $100,000 through staged crash schemes.
Florida is the only state that has specific legislation against faking a car crash in order to receive insurance money. Other states have passed or are eying diverse legislation aimed at destroying efforts by gangs to bring in real and fake crash passengers to lodge phone crash-injury claims. At least 15 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws targeting runners of crash gangs or soliciting of real auto crash passengers.
Immigrants Charged with Crime
Many immigrants who face criminal charges don’t understand the effect that a guilty plea could have on their immigration status. You could face deportation for a criminal conviction even if you end up pleading to a misdemeanor offense or serve no jail time.
There are many crimes that would subject a non-citizen to deportation. Here are some examples:
- Fraud or theft crimes with loss greater than $10,000
- Gun Charges;
- Drug Offenses
- Money Laundering
- DUI (injury of another person)
- Felony Assault and Battery
- Crimes of Domestic Violence
If you are accused of a crime, your freedom, your family, your reputation, your immigration status, and your job may be at stake. The outcome you receive in the criminal justice system depends upon the experience and knowledge of the defense attorney you choose to represent you.
West Palm Beach Immigration Criminal Defense Attorney
The law firm of Andrew D. Stine, P.A. in West Palm Beach, is committed to representing legal and illegal immigrants facing criminal charges and possible deportation. We use our extensive experience in immigration criminal defense to protect the rights of immigrants charged with:
- Drug crimes
- Animal cruelty
- Weapons charges
- And other crimes against morality
Many crimes result in multiple criminal charges. If charged with drunk driving you may also receive a speeding ticket, a reckless endangerment charge or a manslaughter charge if someone was killed in an accident. You can remain in the United States with one criminal charge. If you have more than one, the possibility of deportation is high.
At the law office of Andrew D. Stine, P.A., we take immigration criminal charges seriously. If you are an immigrant and are charged with a crime, contact our office today. We will seek to have your case dismissed (nolle prossed).
We Immediately Start Working for You
The most important thing in all immigration criminal cases is to act early. Our defense team uses pretrial intervention to prevent a case from going through trial. We negotiate with prosecutors for a reduced sentence and work out deals to have our clients enter programs and complete community service instead of serving time in jail. Being proactive in an immigration criminal case often makes the difference between deportation and remaining in the United States.
Free consultation 24/7: Call West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at 561.880.4300.Se habla español.