On Friday, May 25, 2012, Oscar Luis Franco Padro of Florida was sentenced to five and half years in prison and ordered to pay $4.35 million in restitution for a PIP fraud scheme involving staged auto accidents. Padro managed several clinics that recruited patients to perpetrate fraud. The fraud ring involved recruiters from Padro’s company that would find individuals who they could get to stage an accident. Participants were coached on how to perform the accident, what to say to police officers, and how to claim their injury. Accident participants were then directed to chiropractic clinics that would bill for treatments that were never performed.

Leading fraud expert Linda Webb, AKA The Fraud Dog, says there is only one dog in town, and that’s the one that stops the fraudster in their tracks. This Florida PIP fraudster said Perro (dog) would be the name they gave for the one who stages the traffic accident then file fraudulent PIP claims. Not so fast says the Fraud Dog, not everyone wants to be apart of the fraudsters’ tricks of the trade. Don’t be recruited to participate in these staged accidents. Opportunistic fraud is just that; an opportunity to participate in a life of crime. Don’t be lured into doing something that puts you on the wrong side of the law. Remember these fraud ring leaders won’t have any problems making sure you take the fall for their bad acts.

To report potentially fraudulent activity, contact Linda Webb aka The Fraud Dog, leading fraud expert at 1-855-FRAUD-DOG.

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