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Six arrested in Hillsborough for insurance fraud

Detectives with Florida's Division of Insurance Fraud arrested a health clinic owner and five others who are all charged with insurance fraud involving staged car accidents.

The investigation of Shaun Padgett, 27, owner of Padgett Medical Center, began in May 2009 when authorities received a tip he was a part of a scam, according to a statement the office of state CFO Alex Sink.

He took $15,000 for massage therapy that the clinic never provided and knowingly prepared false medical insurance claims, the statement said.

Padgett turned himself in to the Hillsborough County Jail Friday. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

On Thursday, fraud detectives arrested John Figuereo, 26, Adriana Casanas, 40, Cindy Greer, 22, Noah Adams, 22, and Damian Sweet, 21, each charged with one count of insurance fraud.

Investigators determined Figuero participated as well as acted as a recruiter, enlisting others to take part in staged crashes and file insurance claims and received $12,000 in claims from Geico Insurance, according to the statement.

Casanas, Figuereo, Greer and Adams all admitted to participating in the intentional vehicle crashes, detectives said. All five face up to two years in prison if convicted.

The Division of Insurance Fraud has arrested 310 people suspected of committing insurance fraud in the past 11 months.

Six arrested in Hillsborough for insurance fraud 06/04/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 4, 2010 5:59pm]
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